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Trampoline athlete Chris Estrada from Lafayette, Louisiana
Trampoline athlete Chris Estrada from Lafayette, Louisiana

For trampoline athletes it's fly and fly again

Today in Lake Placid, the best trampoline athletes in the world are competing for a World Cup title. Trampoline artists say their sport sometimes gets tagged as a backyard game, the kind of spectacle that belongs in circuses, not the Olympics. But as Brian Mann reports, their high-flying moves push the boundaries of gravity and grace.  Go to full article

Frostbite End Pro Hockey in Glens Falls

The owners of a professional hockey team in Glens Falls say they're calling it quits. The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting this morning that the Adirondack Frosbite will cease operations and sell off their equipment. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

After Tough Olympics, Lake Placid Sled Teams Rebuild

Two months after a disappointing run at the Winter Olympics in Torino, the U-S Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has named a new acting director. Terry Kent is a former Olympian who has been sports director with the Lake Placid-based Federation for two years. Kent takes over following a series of scandals involving former skeleton coach Tim Nardiello. The team's top men's slider, Zach Lund, was also disqualified for using a banned hair-growth supplement. Leading women's slider, Noelle Pikus-Pace, was sidelines by injuries. The Federation accounted for a third of America's gold medals in 2002, but only claimed one silver medal in Torino. The controversy exposed deep rifts with US Olympic Committee officials in Park City. Kent told Brian Mann that he plans to rebuild and hopes to keep the organization in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

A Long Swim to Celebrate 50th

Sally Friedman is celebrating her 50th birthday by swimming 8 miles. She's competing in a race across Lake Champlain from Wilsboro to Burlington. Friedman started marathon swimming when she was 27. Her book, Swimming the Channel was published in 1996. She lives in Paradox, NY, and in New York City.  Go to full article
Arch-rivals Clarkson Golden Knights (left) and SLU Skating Saints
Arch-rivals Clarkson Golden Knights (left) and SLU Skating Saints

North Country Rivals Face Off in Potsdam

Across North America, it's been a long, quiet winter for National Hockey League fans. But Division I college hockey has kept North Country fans in the action. Last Saturday night was one of the signature events of the season - the twice annual rivalry match between the St. Lawrence University Skating Saints and the Clarkson University Golden Knights. Neither team is having a stellar season. The Saints came into the game with an 11-9 record, but were riding a four-game winning streak. The Knights languished near the bottom of the ECAC at 6-13. But that didn't stop Canton and Potsdam faithful from packing Clarkson's Cheel Arena. David Sommerstein took his seat just as the game was about to start. The Clarkson Knight mascot literally jumped out of the zamboni, the lights dimmed low, and the players burst onto the ice... In the end, SLU clobbered Clarkson, 7-2.  Go to full article

Local Colleges Applaud NCAA Vote

St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities are breathing a sigh of relief after the NCAA shot down a proposal yesterday that could have endangered their thriving hockey programs. David Sommerstein has more on the story.  Go to full article

SLU Relay to Benefit the Giving Tree Program

Track and field students at St. Lawrence University will be running a 24-hour relay to benefit the "Giving Tree" program, a charitable organization that serves needy families in the county. Starting at noon today, runners will hit the track in the Newell Field House, where at least one team member will be doing laps throughout the entire 24 hours. Mike Howard is Head Coach for the track team.  Go to full article

Football Fans, Welcome the Trailblazers

David Sommerstein talks with Bob Cowser, player and treasurer for the newest team in the semi-pro Empire Football League, the St. Lawrence Valley Trailblazers.  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

SLU Women's B-Ball Ready For NCAA Action

St. Lawrence University's women's basketball team sees its first NCAA Final Four action ever tonight at the NCAA Division III tournament in Terra Haute, Indiana. We spoke with the team's coach, G.P. Gromacki.  Go to full article

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