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Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Lake Placid to host international luge conference

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) The International Luge Federation will host its annual congress in Lake Placid in 2016.

State Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Luge officials secured the 64th congress during the federation's recent meeting in Innsbruck, Austria.  Go to full article
Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Olympian Erin Hamlin comes home to a town shining like bronze

America's first athlete to win a medal in singles luge was treated to a homecoming fit for a hero last night. Erin Hamlin's thrilling runs on the luge track in Sochi earned her the bronze.

After interviews, celebrity appearances, and photo shoots in New York City this week, Hamlin touched down at the Syracuse airport. A police escort and fire trucks guided her past miles of cheering crowds to the tiny town of Remsen in the foothills of the southern Adirondacks.  Go to full article
One of Battaglia's iconic images from 2014 will be Erin Hamlin's moment of victory in Sochi.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
One of Battaglia's iconic images from 2014 will be Erin Hamlin's moment of victory in Sochi. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Hamlin celebration set for Thursday in Remsen

A tiny town on the southern tip of the Tug Hill Plateau is getting ready for an Olympic-scale celebration. Luger Erin Hamlin, who won a Bronze medal in the Sochi Olympic Games, is scheduled to return home to the town of Remsen Thursday around 7 pm.  Go to full article
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
Remsen luge racer Erin Hamlin. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Remsen luge racer Erin Hamlin. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: North Country luge slider Erin Hamlin in hunt for medal

In the women's luge competition in Sochi this morning -- evening, local time -- Remsen luge racer Erin Hamlin broke open two amazing sled runs.

She finished the first two runs of the four-run competition with a total time of 1:40.632.

She finished the first run in second place, the second run in third place.

That means she's on track to reach the podium, possibly even snagging gold or silver, if she can maintain the pace tomorrow.  Go to full article
Vancouver's aggressive sliding track was redesigned following 2010's tragic accident. Photo:  Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Olympics correspondent
Vancouver's aggressive sliding track was redesigned following 2010's tragic accident. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Olympics correspondent

Safety fears reshape Olympic sled sports

In these final weeks before the Sochi Olympics, we're previewing many of the athletes and looking at some of the stories that could shape these Winter games.

Sled-racing will be one of the most exciting events at the Olympics, as bobsled, luge and skeleton racers rocket down a winding, ice-covered track.

But the competition this year will look very different from races at the 2010 games in Vancouver. Those games were marred by the death of one athlete and by numerous crashes.

The controversy in Vancouver is still sending shock waves through the sport.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29619840@N00/4617845128/">Cheuk-man Kong</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Photo: Cheuk-man Kong, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

North Country luger makes US Olympic team

One North Country athlete has locked in his place at the Russian Winter Olympics that open in February. Chris Mazdzer, a luge sled racer from Saranac Lake, secured his place on the US team while competing in Winterberg, Germany.  Go to full article
Samantha Retrosi being transported to hospital Monday (Source: N Battaglia)
Samantha Retrosi being transported to hospital Monday (Source: N Battaglia)

Saranac Lake Slider Recovering from Crash in Turin

Earlier this week, Saranac Lake luge slider Samantha Retrosi crashed during a race at the Olympics. Brian Mann spoke yesterday with Samantha's mother Alicia, who says her daughter is still being monitored by doctors in Italy after suffering a mild concussiona and memory loss.  Go to full article
Erin Hamlin
Erin Hamlin

Heard up North: Cheering Local Luger

Sunday was Erin Hamlin day in her hometown of Remsen. A letter to her mother was read at church. Erin Hamlin came in 17th in yesterday's luge runs. The final two runs come today. Back in Remsen, they're just sorry they didn't get to see her live on TV yesterday.  Go to full article
As Turin Olympics approach...
As Turin Olympics approach...

More Controversy For U.S. Women Sledders

A month before the Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, two national sled teams based in Lake Placid are embroiled in controversy. The Bobsled and Skeleton Federation goes to court today in Essex County after placing a top coach on administrative leave for alleged sexual harassment. Now the Luge Association is dealing with the fall-out from a photograph of nude female athletes that turned up on a website that promotes drinking games. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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