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NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/12086741714/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

25 NY athletes headed to Winter, Paralympic Games

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than two dozen New Yorkers will be with the U.S. Olympic team competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next week.

The athletes and coaches include 22 New Yorkers heading to the Winter Games starting on Feb. 6 and another three from the Empire State who will compete at the Paralympic Games in Sochi beginning March 7.  Go to full article
Hannah Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is one of the Vermont athletes heading to Sochi. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Hannah_Kearney_20100226_Norwich-VT_adjusted.jpg">Tabercil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Hannah Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is one of the Vermont athletes heading to Sochi. Photo: Tabercil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Women dominate Vermont lineup for Sochi Olympics

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) From Olympic gold medalists to relative newcomers, women dominate the roster of Vermont athletes heading to the Winter Games.

At least 12 athletes from Vermont are heading to Sochi, and 11 of them are women. The lineup includes four women who are already decorated Olympians: mogul skier Hannah Kearney and snowboarders Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Lindsey Jacobellis.  Go to full article

The appeal of punches and kicks

The sport known as mixed martial arts, or MMA, is illegal in New York state. But that doesn't mean it lacks a loyal following, especially around Fort Drum, where combat sports are popular.

On Saturday in Watertown, two partners including the owner of a local gym are putting on a series of fights at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The event showcases local fighters aspiring to make a living in the sport, although the rules for the matches had to be altered to comply with state law.

Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article
Faisal Faisal in Lake Placid
Faisal Faisal in Lake Placid

Story 2.0: Iraqi?s struggle to reach Winter Olympics leads through Lake Placid

Iraq has never sent an athlete to the Winter Olympics. Back in 2005, before the games in Torino, Italy, Brian Mann profiled skeleton sled racer Faisal Gazi Faisal, from Baghdad. Once again this year, Faisal is fighting to win a berth at next month's Winter Games in Vancouver. Brian caught up with him in Lake Placid and found that his struggles and setbacks have mirrored the turmoil back home in Iraq.  Go to full article
Sports equity expert Mitzi Witchger, founder of GREAT!
Sports equity expert Mitzi Witchger, founder of GREAT!

Forum celebrates 35th anniversary of Title IX

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is the anti-discrimination law that protects women and minorities who are working or studying in an academic setting. During the three and a half decades since Title IX was signed into law, there has been a big shift in societal attitudes toward girls and women in sports. Earlier this month, the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women held a forum celebrating Title IX and positive changes in female sports programs in the North Country. Gender equity expert and sports advocate Mitzi Witchger, founder of GREAT! (Girls Really Expect a Team!), was the keynote speaker. She's a sports equity leader in Minnesota, Indiana and nationally. Witchger told Todd Moe her interest in sports equity began when her daughter was born in 1973 - the year after Title IX became law.  Go to full article
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)

Lake Placid Olympic Coach Accused of Harrassment

National skeleton sled team coach Tim Nardiello has been accused of sexual harassment by several female team members. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Boston Marathon

Last May, commentator Betsy Kepes ran fast enough in the Ottawa Marathon to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Last Monday, she started running in a small town 26 miles west of Boston and ran east through town after town to the race finish at the Boston Public Library.  Go to full article

North Country Olympians Return Home Triumphant, Eager for Return To Small Town Life

The North Country's Olympic athletes were welcomed home from Salt Lake City on Saturday with a parade in Lake Placid. Hundreds of people lined the streets to shake hands and cheer. As Brian Mann reports, it was a chance for locals to share some of the glow of Olympic gold.
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Canadian Dies While Ice Climbing in Adirondacks

A 34-year-old Toronto man died Friday afternoon on
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Adirondack town of Chesterfield. Kevin Bailey fell while ice climbing on the mountain's popular east face. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence University Students Test Themselves Against a Mountain

Last month, a group of students from St. Lawrence University traveled to central Mexico. They were hoping to scale Orizaba - the third highest peak in North America. The week-long expedition gave the students a chance to climb into thin air. For many of the students, it was also a first chance to explore a different culture. Brian Mann went along on the trip. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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