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Peter Frenette from Saranac Lake launches into space during the Flaming Leaves competition in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>, used by permission
Peter Frenette from Saranac Lake launches into space during the Flaming Leaves competition in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission

North Country gears up for Russia Olympics

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There are just about 100 days to go before the Winter Olympics in Russia. Once again this year, athletes from the North Country are expected to be in the running for medals.

Serious contenders from our region will be Nordic combined skier Billy Demong, a gold medalist four years ago in Vancouver.

Also, biathlon racer Tim Burke, downhill skier Andrew Weibrecht, biathlon skier Annelies Cook, of Saranac Lakeand and long-distance ski jumper Peter Frenette.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Billy Demong kicks out during the Flaming Leaves competition in October in Lake Placid.  Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>, used by permission
Billy Demong kicks out during the Flaming Leaves competition in October in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission
Adirondack Daily Enterprise sports and outdoor reporter Mike Lynch sat down this week with Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann to talk about the Olympic season that's just ahead.

Lynch covered the Flaming Leaves jumping competition earlier this month in Lake Placid and says that race was a big warm-up event — especially for skier Billy Demong from Vermontville who may retire after this year's Olympics.

This story has been corrected.  Annelies Cook competes in biathlon, not Nordic combined as originally reported.

Special thanks to Mike Lynch and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for their help with our coverage this morning.

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