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Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it.  Photo: Clarkson University
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it. Photo: Clarkson University

Clarkson engineers designing a faster luge sled

The Sochi winter Olympics have wrapped up, but Clarkson University researchers are already working on the 2018 Winter Games: Mechanical engineering professor Doug Bohl uses computer models and wind tunnels to build a faster, more comfortable sled for American lugers.  Go to full article
Speed skater Bridie Farrell says she was sexually abused by a much older skater, with some of the assaults occurring in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs (Photo:  Milwaukee Public Radio)
Speed skater Bridie Farrell says she was sexually abused by a much older skater, with some of the assaults occurring in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs (Photo: Milwaukee Public Radio)

Sex abuse charge rocks US speedskating

Correction: NCPR mistakenly reported that Andy Gabel resigned as president of the US Speedskating federation because of the accusations leveled against him. In fact, Gabel left that post in 2010. He resigned from US Speedskating's Hall of Fame committee following the public charges. We regret the error.

Two top women athletes are accusing the former president of US Speedskating of sexual abuse in the 1990s.

The charges were first leveled by Bridie Farrell, a skater from Wisconsin, who says she was fifteen years old when the abuse occurred. Farrell says some of the sexual assault occurred during training sessions in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs. A second skater has since come forward, claiming that she, too, was assaulted.  Go to full article

Books review: girls in sports books

Two new books by writers with ties to the Adirondacks feature girls in elite level sports. Betsy Kepes reviews Soccerland by Beth Choat and Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner.  Go to full article
Should skiers and snowboarders wear "lids" when preparing to take the plunge?
Should skiers and snowboarders wear "lids" when preparing to take the plunge?

Ski helmets: optional, mandatory, cool or uncool?

The skis and snowboards are back on the rack for a few days, while we suffer through a January thaw. But it's been a pretty great season in the North Country so far, with good snow conditions on the slopes. While there's no shortage of eager skiers and snow-boarders this winter, a debate continues about the safety gear they wear. Helmets used to be rare, used mostly by downhill racers. But head protection is growing more popular. And some advocates say helmets should be mandatory at least for children. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source:  Brian Mann)
A slow day at the track in Saratoga (Source: Brian Mann)

North Country harness racing tradition gambles on a future

The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy.  Go to full article
Annie Guay slaps a shot (Photo:  SLU Sports)
Annie Guay slaps a shot (Photo: SLU Sports)

St. Lawrence Saints fight for berth in women's Frozen Four

The women's college hockey season heads into the postseason this weekend, with the country's top teams competing for berths in the Frozen Four. Once again, St. Lawrence University is chasing a national championship. With just two thousand students, St. Lawrence has found a way to compete head-to-head with Ivy League schools, and with big state programs like Wisconsin and Minnesota. But as Brian Mann reports, St. Lawrence is under pressure this season to prove that they can win the big games.  Go to full article
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

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