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Erin Hamlin from Remsen celebrates after her historic bronze medal win Tuesday in Sochi.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Erin Hamlin from Remsen celebrates after her historic bronze medal win Tuesday in Sochi. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Erin Hamlin claims 1st-ever US luge bronze

Erin Hamlin, the North Country slider from Remsen who spends much of each year in Lake Placid, made history a short time ago, winning a first-ever USA luge medal by capturing the bronze in Sochi.

Hamlin, age 27, positioned herself for this dramatic day by laying down two clean, technically near-flawless runs yesterday on the sliding track in Sochi.  Go to full article
Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 22nd position. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Burke, Bailey finish biathlon run 22nd, 38th

The US Olympic team was hoping that biathlete Tim Burke from Paul Smiths might break out with the kind of race that would put him on the podium today.

But mid-morning -- early evening Sochi time -- Burke got bottled up in the pack on Sochi's nordic track and finished in 22nd position.  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
The Olympic cauldron in Lake Placid is lit every four years, even when the latest Winter Games are on the far side of the world. Photo: Brian Mann
The Olympic cauldron in Lake Placid is lit every four years, even when the latest Winter Games are on the far side of the world. Photo: Brian Mann

Photos: Lake Placid lights up in Olympic solidarity

Every four years, as the Winter Olympic Games spark to life somewhere in the world, Lake Placid lights the Olympic cauldron in solidarity.

With so many North Country athletes competing in Sochi this year, the celebration in Lake Placid Friday night echoed some of the spirit of the 1980 Winter Games.  Go to full article
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake competes in her first Olympic biathlon on Sunday. Photo: Nancie Battaglia.
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake competes in her first Olympic biathlon on Sunday. Photo: Nancie Battaglia.

North Country biathletes struggle in Sochi

It was a very tough first weekend for the North Country's biathlon racers competing in Sochi. Three racers from the Adirondacks -- Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook -- competed at the Winter Olympics in the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. All three finished well out of medal range.  Go to full article
This image by Nancie Battaglia shows off the awesome Russian scenery, the Olympic spirit, and Nancie's eye for composition.
This image by Nancie Battaglia shows off the awesome Russian scenery, the Olympic spirit, and Nancie's eye for composition.

Four new North Country Sochi pictures too cool to miss

Our Sochi photographer Nancie Battaglia has been sending back some amazing images from the Winter Olympics.

We've been sharing them on Twitter and Flickr and Facebook, but in case you missed them, here are some absolutely awesome images.  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.

Adirondack biathlon trio hits stride in Sochi

One of the most astonishing stories in this year's Winter Olympics is that a handful of small Adirondack villages -- Lake Placid, Paul Smiths and Saranac Lake -- have produced three of the ten athletes on the US biathlon team.

Chris Knight with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is one of our Sochi correspondents and he caught up with the North Country's biathlon contingent at the Olympic Nordic center yesterday.  Go to full article
Nancie Battaglia has seen every Winter Olympics since 1980 and says this year's event in Sochi is starting to feel more normal.
Nancie Battaglia has seen every Winter Olympics since 1980 and says this year's event in Sochi is starting to feel more normal.

What if the Sochi games are completely normal?

There is a ton of hand-wringing underway in these final hours before the opening ceremonies are broadcast from the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Will the crowds show up? Will there be terror attacks? Will reporters get shower curtains? What about those stray dogs?

And in a country as controversial as Russia, where gay rights are under attack and democracy is in rough-draft form, a certain amount of tension is natural.  Go to full article
Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend.  (Photo:  Nancie Battaglia)
Tim Burke from Paul Smiths will compete in Sochi beginning this weekend. (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)

Olympic StoryCorps: Bailey and Burke anchor US biathlon

This Saturday one of the very first Olympic events will be the biathon sprint in Sochi Russia.

Two of the strongest veterans on the US biathlon team hail from the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/12086741714/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

25 NY athletes headed to Winter, Paralympic Games

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than two dozen New Yorkers will be with the U.S. Olympic team competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next week.

The athletes and coaches include 22 New Yorkers heading to the Winter Games starting on Feb. 6 and another three from the Empire State who will compete at the Paralympic Games in Sochi beginning March 7.  Go to full article

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