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Lowell Bailey churns hard in Sochi, but falls short of medal podium.   Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Lowell Bailey churns hard in Sochi, but falls short of medal podium. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Hard times for North Country's Olympic veterans

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
Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Bill Demong. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Olympics 2.0: Bill Demong fights for more gold

In these weeks building up to the Sochi Games, we've been profiling many of the athletes and competitors and the families who will be traveling to Russia.

Much of this year's spotlight has fallen on Billy Demong, the Nordic combined skier from Vermontville, whose sport combines long-distance ski jumping and x-country racing.

He won a gold and a silver four years ago in Vancouver. Last night, Bill Demong spoke about his hopes for Sochi with NPR's Mellissa Block.

"I kind of almost envision myself as being bigger and stronger and meaner and more angry than anybody else out there, in order to brace myself for the pain I'm going to put myself through in the race," Demong said.  Go to full article
Helen Demong with her choral group in Siena Italy (Source:  H. Demong)
Helen Demong with her choral group in Siena Italy (Source: H. Demong)

Helen Demong reinvented Saranac Lake's high school music program

This week North Country public radio is celebrating the vibrant culture and business of music in the region. No single person has done more to deepen the roots of the musical arts than Helen Demong.

Over the last three and a half decades, Demong built Saranac Lake High School's choral program into one of the most ambitious and accomplished in Upstate New York.

She announced earlier this winter that this will be her final year teaching in Saranac Lake. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake turned out Friday in a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Nancie Battaglia photos
Saranac Lake turned out Friday in a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Nancie Battaglia photos

Saranac Lake honors local Olympians

A huge crowd turned out Friday afternoon in Saranac Lake for a parade through the village's downtown to honor the North Country athletes who competed at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Organized by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Women's Civic Chamber and the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together eight local Olympians, led by nordic combined gold and silver medalist Bill Demong of Vermontville. As Chris Knight reports, the parade was just as important to the athletes as it was to the local residents who cheered them on in Vancouver.  Go to full article
Bill Demong and his Mom, Helen.
Bill Demong and his Mom, Helen.

Demong captures silver

Vermontville's Bill Demong captured a silver medal yesterday afternoon in the Olympic Nordic combined competition in Vancouver. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht, 23, from Lake Placid
Bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht, 23, from Lake Placid

Olympics: Weibrecht Bronze; Burke 18th; Demong has another shot

The Olympic buzz in Lake Placid over the weekend was all about native son Andrew Weibrecht. On Friday afternoon, the 23-year-old downhill skier claimed the bronze medal in the Super-G competition in Vancouver. He was edged by a fraction of a second by fellow American Bode Miller, who won silver. Peter Crowley with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is in Vancouver. He spoke with Brian Mann last night about Weibrecht's win.  Go to full article
Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids (Photo provided by Demong family)
Future Olympians Lowell Bailey, Bill Demong, and Tim Burke as kids (Photo provided by Demong family)

StoryCorps: Bailey and Burke turn Adirondack friendship into Olympic dream

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
Competing on the speed skating oval in front of Lake Placid HS during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Competing on the speed skating oval in front of Lake Placid HS during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Source: Wikipedia Commons

NPR's Melissa Block reports on Lake Placid's Olympic tradition

This week we're previewing the Winter Games in Vancouver, where more than a dozen North Country athletes will compete.

The Olympics have evolved into a mammoth industry. The spectacle in Vancouver is likely to cost more than $1.5 billion, as athletes from more than 80 countries gather to compete. But there was a time when the Olympics were much simpler. On this thirtieth anniversary of the Lake Placid Winter Games, the small-town version of the Winter Olympics still hold an important place in sports mythology. NPR's host of All Things Considered, Melissa Block, has our story.  Go to full article
Demong and his mom Helen at the World Championships in 2009. Photo: Demong family
Demong and his mom Helen at the World Championships in 2009. Photo: Demong family

Vermontville?s Demong ready to dominate Nordic combined in Vancouver

We heard this week that biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths has claimed the overall lead in the world cup rankings. Burke is part of a remarkable generation of athletes who grew up in the Adirondacks, competing and training together. At least nine North Country skiers, sledders and skaters are expected to compete this winter at the Vancouver Olympics. This morning, we profile another top North Country racer, Bill Demong from Vermontville. As Brian Mann reports, Demong's career has been shaped by a winter culture that cherished the outdoors and embraced Lake Placid's Olympic tradition.  Go to full article
Billy Demong competing in Germany (Photo:  Egon Theiner)
Billy Demong competing in Germany (Photo: Egon Theiner)

Vermontville's Demong peaks at world Nordic championships

World championships kick off tomorrow in Nordic combined. That's the sport that combines endurance cross-country skiing with long-distance ski jumping. For Vermontville's Billy Demong, this week's competition in the Czech Republic comes at the end of what may be his best season yet. Demong is 29 years old and grew up in the Adirondacks. His career nearly ended in 2003 after he fractured his skull in a pool-diving accident. But he arrives at these championships with a new endorsement deal and fresh off a win at the World Cup competition in Germany. He spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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