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Ski Experts, Doctors Embrace Helmets

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says ski helmets can reduce head injuries by sixty percent. Researchers in Norway conducted the study. Last week, the International Ski Federation responded by formally recommending that all skiers and snowboarders wear head protection. Brian Mann first reported on ski helmet safety in the winter of 2004. He found that helmets are still unpopular with many skiers.

Note: Brian's report first aired in the winter of 2004. So far this year, one skier has died at Gore Mountain. Another 15-year-old skier suffered serious head trauma. Both were wearing helmets.  Go to full article

When Top Skaters Are Injured, Some Blame the Skates

Sasha Cohen has extended the US medal streak in women's figure skating to 11 consecutive Olympics. Cohen landed the silver medal, finishing second behind Japan's Shizuka Arakawa. World champion Irina Slutskaya was the bronze medal winner. Americans Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes took the sixth and seventh spots. It was a beautiful, but grueling, evening. Cohen fell twice, on her first two jumps. Slutskaya fell once in her performance. The stadium was sold out, as usual. Figure skating is among the most popular events at the Winter Games. It's one of the most graceful sports. It's also one of the most punishing for young athletes. This year, Michele Kwan was forced to bow out because of injuries. Sasha Cohen competed despite a reported pulled groin muscle. Some critics blame the high rate of injuries on the design of boots and skates first invented a century ago. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

One Skier Killed, One Injured at Gore Mt.

A 56-year-old skier was killed and a teenager suffered head trauma in separate accidents yesterday at the Gore Mountain Ski area. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin just before their crash (N. Battaglia)
Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin just before their crash (N. Battaglia)

A Tough Week For American Olympic Sledders

It's been a tough week so far for America's sled racers in Turin, Italy. Katie Uehlander, who races on the skeleton sled, finished in a disappointing sixth place yesterday. Women's luge hopeful Samantha Retrosi, from Lake Placid, crashed on Monday and suffered a concussion. Doubles luge racers Brian Martin and Mark Grimmette, both from Lake Placid, also crashed Wednesday on Turin's highly technical sled track. Our correspondent Nancie Battaglia has been watching the races. She told Brian Mann that Grimmette and Martin had real hopes for winning gold.  Go to full article
Samantha Retrosi transported by ambulance (N. Battaglia)
Samantha Retrosi transported by ambulance (N. Battaglia)

Saranac Lake Slider Crashes At Olympics

North Country luge racers Samantha Retrosi and Erin Hamlin competed Monday afternoon at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Samantha Retrosi, from Saranac Lake, crashed on her second run and apparently suffered a mild concussion. Erin Hamlin finished in 17th place. Brian Mann spoke a few minutes ago with Nancie Battaglia from Lake Placid, our correspondent in Turin. She was trackside when Samantha lost control of her sled.  Go to full article

Sled Federation Fires Coach

The Lake Placid based U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has fired head coach Tim Nardiello. Nardiello was dismissed Friday after he traveled to Switzerland last week, hoping to coach skeleton sled racers as they prepare for this week's opening of the Winter Olympics. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Blazer Returns to ORDA

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has a new president and CEO. And he's a familiar face. Ted Blazer was unanimously re-appointed to his old job Tuesday by the ORDA Board of Directors. Up until his departure last summer, Blazer oversaw millions of dollars in upgrades and improvements at Whiteface, Gore Mountain, and at the Olympic venues in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, his return is being praised by local officials.  Go to full article
Coach Tim Nardiello (Photos Source: USBF)
Coach Tim Nardiello (Photos Source: USBF)

Olympic Coach's Suspension Upheld, Top Sledder Also Sidelined

A judge in Elizabethtown refused yesterday to reinstate Olympic sled coach Tim Nardiello. Nardiello, who lives in Lake Placid, has denied charges of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. The team now faces more turmoil. Top-ranked skeleton sled racer Zach Lund has been suspended for using a banned hair restoration product that can mask steroid use. As Brian Mann reports, Lund says he's the victim of an honest mistake.  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

A Thanksgiving X-Country Ski

Ski areas around the region opened over the Thanksgiving weekend. Whiteface and Gore Mountains offered a first taste of downhill skiing and snow boarding. Brian Mann strapped on his cross-country skis for the first time at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg-Verizon Sports Complex in Lake Placid. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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