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North Country Olympians, with Bill Demong at left, ride in a float own Saranac Lake's main street on Wednesday.  Photo:  Mark Kurtz
North Country Olympians, with Bill Demong at left, ride in a float own Saranac Lake's main street on Wednesday. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Another North Country Olympic parade, then what?

A boisterous crowd turned out in Saranac Lake Wednesday afternoon to celebrate Olympians from the North Country who competed in Sochi.

A small parade marched down Broadway. Then people gathered in the town hall for one last celebration, with music singing and autograph signing. Mayor Clyde Rabideau also recognized athletes who competed in past Olympics.

This marks the end of the drama surrounding the 2014 Winter Games. But many of these athletes are already back on the professional World Cup circuit, competing and trying to earn a living through their sport.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County.  Photo: Andy Flynn
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County. Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Soda bottles trace a Warren County story

In the Adirondack Attic series, with Andy Flynn, NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to light.

In this installment, Andy talks with Adirondack Museum chief curator Laura Rice about antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County, and the story they tell about the bottling industry in the hamlet that's now called Riparius.  Go to full article
Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn
Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn

In Lake Placid, Oympians parade home

Lake Placid celebrated its Olympic heritage Sunday by welcoming back a dozen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Many live there, full time or part time, and train at the venues that once hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games.

The celebration included a parade, speeches, fireworks and a chance to meet the Olympians.  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht. Source: US Ski team
Andrew Weibrecht. Source: US Ski team

Weibrecht makes US Sochi Team

Another North Country athlete has qualified for the Sochi Winter Olympics, now less than two weeks away. Over the weekend, the US ski team named Andrew Weibrecht from Lake Placid to the squad.

Weibrecht will compete in the men's downhill, super-g and supercombined. Weibrecht captured a bronze medal in super-g in 2010 in Vancouver.

In the year's since that race, Weibrecht has struggled with illness and equipment problems. In a tweet sent over the weekend, he acknowledged those problems and said being named to the team "means a lot."  Go to full article
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann
Jack Burke won't be traveling to Sochi to watch Olympic competitions. Instead, he spent time in Europe watching his son Tim compete on the World Cup circuit. Photo: Brian Mann

For Olympic families, anxiety about Sochi

In these final weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, there's growing of anxiety about safety and the threat of terrorism in Russia. The state department has issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling to the games. Some athletes in the US have been urging family members to say home.

Safety fears are only the latest complication for North Country families debating whether to make the trip to Sochi.  Go to full article
Peter Frenette will go to his second Olympics.  (PHOTO:  US Ski Jumping)
Peter Frenette will go to his second Olympics. (PHOTO: US Ski Jumping)

North Country Olympic Roster Grows

The North Country's contingent of Olympians heading to the Sochi Games continues to grow.

Yesterday, coaches confirmed that Saranac Lake's Peter Frenette will be part of the roster for the long-distance ski jumping team.

Also, Vermontville native Bill Demong -- a 2010 gold medalist -- was confirmed to the Nordic combined team.  Go to full article
China's Zhongqing Liu defies gravity with the Adirondack Mountains in the background.  China dominated the aerial competition in Lake Placid, taking four out of six medals including both golds. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Winter Olympics correspondent
China's Zhongqing Liu defies gravity with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. China dominated the aerial competition in Lake Placid, taking four out of six medals including both golds. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Winter Olympics correspondent

Freestyle aerial jumps graceful, bone-crunching

With the Sochi Winter Olympics now less than three weeks away, it was a huge pre-Olympics weekend in Lake Placid.

Skiers from all over the world gathered for the World Cup freestyle championships, which included mogul competition at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington and aerial jumping at the Olympic complex in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: skater Sonja Henie

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn visits the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, and the Sonja Henie "Perfection on Ice" exhibit. Henie was a world champion ice skater from Norway who won a gold medal at the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Biathlete Annelies Cook at a meet in Eastern Europe, as captured from the TV screen. Archive Photo of the Day: George S. Cook, Saranac Lake NY.
Biathlete Annelies Cook at a meet in Eastern Europe, as captured from the TV screen. Archive Photo of the Day: George S. Cook, Saranac Lake NY.

North Country biathlete will compete in Sochi Olympics

Another North Country athlete has made the US Olympic team and will compete in Sochi Russia in February.

Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake won a spot on the biathlon team. The sport combines enurance cross-country skiing and target shooting.  Go to full article
Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: sliding sports in Lake Placid

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn talks with Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, at what will be the International Sliding Sports Museum, at Mount Van Hoevenberg. We'll hear stories behind some sliding sports artifacts, and some of the athletes who made Lake Placid one of the most important Olympic historic sites in North America.  Go to full article

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