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2002 gold medalist Todd Hays has retired from bobsledding after a head injury
2002 gold medalist Todd Hays has retired from bobsledding after a head injury

After turmoil and injuries, US sled team poised to win in Vancouver

Four years ago, the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, then based in Lake Placid, fell into turmoil just before the Winter Olympics in Turin. The team dismissed head-coach Tim Nardiello following allegations of sexual harassment. Top athletes were knocked out of competition by freak accidents and a controversy involving performance-enhancing drugs. Team leaders say they've rebuilt the organization and developed a powerful new stable of athletes who could return to the podium in Vancouver. But as Brian Mann reports, the Americans will have to compete without one of its best bobsledders.  Go to full article
2002 gold medalist Todd Hays has retired from bobsledding after a head injury
2002 gold medalist Todd Hays has retired from bobsledding after a head injury

After turmoil and injuries, US sled team poised to win in Vancouver

Four years ago, the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, then based in Lake Placid, fell into turmoil just before the Winter Olympics in Turin. The team dismissed head-coach Tim Nardiello following allegations of sexual harassment. Top athletes were knocked out of competition by freak accidents and a controversy involving performance-enhancing drugs. Team leaders say they've rebuilt the organization and developed a powerful new stable of athletes who could return to the podium in Vancouver. But as Brian Mann reports, the Americans will have to compete without one of its best bobsledders.  Go to full article
Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics

Through cancer and cold war politics, Jeff Blatnick seized Olympic Gold

Twenty-five years ago this summer, Jeff Blatnick won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. The Schenectady native's upset victory in Graeco-Roman wrestling was one of the big stories of the 1984 summer games. It also marked one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history. Blatnick lives now and coaches in Saratoga County. But his sports career was nearly cut short, first by cold war politics and then by a brutal fight with cancer. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006

Breaking: FBI subpoenas ORDA over Rep. Sweeney trips to Lake Placid

The FBI has subpoenaed information from Lake Placid's Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of an investigation that apparently targets former Congressman John Sweeney. The Albany Times-Union is reporting that Federal agents are probing Sweeney's taxpayer-funded trips that ended in 2006 when he lost a bid for re-election. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
NASCAR legend Geoffrey Bodine tests a sled cockpit
NASCAR legend Geoffrey Bodine tests a sled cockpit

NASCAR drivers fuel American bobsled renaissance

The World Cup bobsled championships will be held next month in Lake Placid. Athletes from all over the world will compete on the Olympic track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The Americans will be riding a new generation of high-tech sleds, designed by a team that once built racing cars for NASCAR. As Brian Mann reports, the project has helped the U.S. compete in a sport long dominated by the Europeans.  Go to full article
Jack LaDuke (Courtesy WCAX-TV)
Jack LaDuke (Courtesy WCAX-TV)

Jack Laduke, veteran TV newsman, retires

One of the most visible faces in the North Country is retiring this month. Veteran newsman Jack LaDuke, a reporter for WCAX-TV in Plattsburgh, will end a career that put him on the front lines of North Country history for six decades. LaDuke, who grew up in the North Country, is seventy-four years old. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about a life in newspapers and television.  Go to full article
Forrest "Dewdrop" Morgan and Dermott Morgan
Forrest "Dewdrop" Morgan and Dermott Morgan

StoryCorps: remembering the 1932 Olympics

Since the StoryCorps Mobilebooth visited the North Country this summer, we've been spending a little time each Friday introducing you to some of the participants who got to document their stories by interviewing each other. Today, we'll hear an excerpt from June 19, when Dermott Morgan of Saranac Lake interviewed his father, Forrest "Dewdrop" Morgan. Forrest is a lifelong resident of the Adirondacks and has fond memories of the Winter Olympics coming to Lake Placid. No, not the 1980 games, but the 1932 games when he was ten years old. It was there that he met an Olympic champion who would go on to become an historic figure in World War II.  Go to full article

Olympic Authority trims plans to cope with budget cuts

Officials with the Olympic Regional Development Authority say state budget cuts have forced them to borrow more money to finish upgrades at Gore and Whiteface mountains. The budget cuts have raised new questions about the proposed conference center in Lake Placid and a ski-area interconnect in North Creek. As Jacob Resneck reports, the belt-tightening could also mean fewer seasonal jobs this winter.  Go to full article
Rome 1960
Rome 1960

How the Olympic Games reflect (and change) the world

The Olympic Games continue to grow as a sporting event, but also as a media spectacle. The Beijing Games this summer set a new standard for glitz and pageantry. Holding the games in China also highlighted the continuing link between politics and sport, drawing new attention to that country's repressive government and its growing power. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss has written a new book about the modern Olympic movement. Maraniss focuses on the summer games held in Rome in 1960, when the world and the world of sport were changing. He spoke about the project with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Natalie Leduc and Mary Woodhouse
Natalie Leduc and Mary Woodhouse

StoryCorps: Remembering the Lake Placid Olympics

The StoryCorps mobilebooth spent nearly a month here in the North Country this summer. During its time in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls dozens of people got to share their stories by interviewing each other. In late June, Natalie Leduc, of Saranac Lake, visited the booth with her friend Mary Woodhouse. Natalie is a lifelong Adirondacker and a skier almost from birth. And on this opening day of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, we wanted to bring you a bit of her memories of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Lake Placid 28 years ago.  Go to full article

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