Lake Placid, NY, Feb 19, 2014 — Three of the North Country's strongest medal hopefuls struggled again yesterday in Sochi.
Nordic combined skier Bill Demong, who won gold and silver medals four years ago, was hobbled by a poor showing on the ski jump. That forced him to start with a heavy penalty in the cross-country ski portion of the race. Demong, who finished 31st, told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the race was "kind of devastating." The 33-year-old from Vermontville says he expects these to be his last Winter Olympics.
Meanwhile on the biathlon course yesterday, veteran Olympians Tim Burke from Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid finished well out of medal range in part because of shooting penalties. Go to full article
Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Sochi, , Feb 10, 2014 — It was a very tough first weekend for the North Country's biathlon racers competing in Sochi. Three racers from the Adirondacks -- Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook -- competed at the Winter Olympics in the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. All three finished well out of medal range. Go to full article
Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend. (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)
Paul Smiths, NY, Feb 18, 2010 — This afternoon in Vancouver, North Country biathletes Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke could have their best shot at winning an Olympic medal when they compete in the 20 kilometer individual race. Bailey, from Lake Placid, and Burke, from Paul Smiths, have been friends and training partners since they were little boys. They raced together at the Torino Winter Games in 2006. Both men sat down with their former coach, Kris Cheney Seymour from Saranac Lake, to talk about their lives and their careers. Their conversation, recorded in 2008 as part of the national StoryCorps project, offered an intimate and personal look at what it means to spend decades chasing an Olympic dream. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2006 — America's sled teams struggled again over the weekend in Turin, Italy. The two-man bobsled combination of Todd Hayes and Pavle Jovanovic finished seventh in Olympic competition, despite being favored for a gold medal. In a prepared statement, Hayes said he didn't "feel real good about it". Team officials based in Lake Placid say heavy snow made track conditions difficult.
On Saturday, two Adirondack biathlon racers from Lake Placid and Paul Smiths competed in the 12.5 kilometer ski-and-shoot competition. Our correspondent Nancie Battaglia was at the track in the Alps and spoke with Brian Mann. Go to full article