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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
Saranac Lake turned out after the 2010 Vancouver games for a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Saranac Lake turned out after the 2010 Vancouver games for a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

It's Saranac Lake Olympic Parade day today!

It's celebration day in Saranac Lake as Olympians who competed in Sochi return home for a parade and other events.

At least six Olympians will gather at Saranac Lake High School this afternoon for a school assembly. There will then be a downtown parade and torch lighting at 3:30.

Local athletes Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Annelies Cook, Peter Frenette and Jamie Greubel will be on hand.

Brian Mann will have more on the celebration tomorrow morning during Morning Edition and the 8 O'clock Hour.  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
Saranac Lake luger Chris Mazdzer training in Sochi.  Photo: Sandy Caligiore Luge USA used by permission
Saranac Lake luger Chris Mazdzer training in Sochi. Photo: Sandy Caligiore Luge USA used by permission

North Country Sochi Olympics Update: Saturday

CLICK PLAY TO HEAR CHRIS MAZDZER SPEAKING TODAY IN SOCHI

Three North Country athletes competed Saturday morning -- eastern time -- in Sochi.

LUGE RESULTS

Chris Mazdzer from Saranac Lake hit the luge course for Team USA, finishing the first run ranked 9th, positioning him well for a possible podium shot.  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
Spectacular views in Sochi in the final countdown to the opening ceremony.  Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Spectacular views in Sochi in the final countdown to the opening ceremony. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Sochi dispatch: excitement growing

Opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi are tomorrow evening and some early competition is already underway in Russia.

One of our correspondents on the scene there is Chris Knight from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. As North Country athletes and families settle in for the games, Chris told Brian Mann that things in Sochi seem to be in good shape.  Go to full article
Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Olympic mom Helen Demong. Photo: Mark Kurtz, used by permission
Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Olympic mom Helen Demong. Photo: Mark Kurtz, used by permission

An Olympic pep rally in Saranac Lake

Friday is the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

There will be a lighting of the Olympic torch in Lake Placid at 6 pm and the opening ceremonies will be televised on the big screen at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.  Go to full article
Despite flirting with Adolph Hitler, Sonja Henie emerged as America's sweetheart during the build-up to World War II.  She's pictured here on the cover of Time Magazine in 1939.
Despite flirting with Adolph Hitler, Sonja Henie emerged as America's sweetheart during the build-up to World War II. She's pictured here on the cover of Time Magazine in 1939.

Huge Winter Olympics Controversy (in 1936, that is)!

The opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics are this Friday. The build-up to this year's Olympic Games been packed with subplots and controversies - everything from gay rights to terrorism to Russian corruption.

But those political undercurrents are nothing new to the world of winter sport. One of the very first famous Olympians - figure-skater Sonja Henie - was a huge star in the 1930s and '40. She won her second gold medal in Lake Placid in 1932.

But Henie was also a divisive, controversial figure. Her life is being remembered in an expanded exhibit at Lake Placid's Olympic Museum.  Go to full article
Nancie Battaglia stands in front of one of her most famous images, printed in publications across the world, showing a gathering of canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Inlet. The veteran sports photographer will report from Sochi for NCPR.  Photo: Brian Mann
Nancie Battaglia stands in front of one of her most famous images, printed in publications across the world, showing a gathering of canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Inlet. The veteran sports photographer will report from Sochi for NCPR. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country journalists journey to Sochi

We're one week away from the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Thirteen athletes with close ties to the North Country will be competing for the US. That means a lot of family and friends will also be making the trip to Russia.

There will also be a small group of journalists from our region covering the games - two of them sending stories and photographs back to us here at North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

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