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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
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
Jimmy Howard in the net. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/19915432@N00/4546459610/">MPR529</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jimmy Howard in the net. Photo: MPR529, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ogdensburg native tries to stay healthy for Sochi

In these last weeks before the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, we're taking a closer look at the athletes with ties to the North Country.

Jimmy Howard, an Ogdensburg native, is the starting goalie for the Detroit Red Wings. The day after a tough shootout loss in the NHL's showcase game, the outdoor Winter Classic, Howard got some good news.

He was named one of three goalies on the roster for the USA hockey team. "I remember my first Olympics watching in 1994, Lillehammer," Howard told reporters. "It's always been a dream to play for an Olympic team, after getting a first taste with the under-18 program. Wearing that jersey every single day, I had the realization of just what an honor and how special it really is."  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
Vancouver's aggressive sliding track was redesigned following 2010's tragic accident. Photo:  Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Olympics correspondent
Vancouver's aggressive sliding track was redesigned following 2010's tragic accident. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Olympics correspondent

Safety fears reshape Olympic sled sports

In these final weeks before the Sochi Olympics, we're previewing many of the athletes and looking at some of the stories that could shape these Winter games.

Sled-racing will be one of the most exciting events at the Olympics, as bobsled, luge and skeleton racers rocket down a winding, ice-covered track.

But the competition this year will look very different from races at the 2010 games in Vancouver. Those games were marred by the death of one athlete and by numerous crashes.

The controversy in Vancouver is still sending shock waves through the sport.  Go to full article
Peter Sr., Peter Frenette, and Jennie Frenette at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Photo: Frenette Family
Peter Sr., Peter Frenette, and Jennie Frenette at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Photo: Frenette Family

Olympic history ignites powerhouse Olympic culture

The opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia are less than a month away. In these weeks leading up the Olympic Games we're profiling many of the North Country athletes who will compete this year.

At the 2010 Olympics, skiers and sledders from this region accounted for a significant number of America's total medal count -- including a first-ever gold-medal win in Nordic Combined.

This morning, Brian Mann looks at how the Adirondack North Country has managed to maintain its Olympic edge, decades after the last Winter Games were held in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake is one of three Adirondackers who will ski and shoot for the US biathlon team in Sochi Russia.  Photo:  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annelies-Cook-Biathlete/225854110764750">Annelies Cook Biathlete</a> on Facebook
Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake is one of three Adirondackers who will ski and shoot for the US biathlon team in Sochi Russia. Photo: Annelies Cook Biathlete on Facebook

Adk "late bloomer" chases Olympic biathlon medal

In these weeks leading up to the Winter Olympics, we're profiling some of the athletes from the North Country who'll be competing in Russia.

Biathlon racer Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake, who is 29 years old, grew up skiing and shooting in the Adirondacks.

As a kid at Dewey Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Cook joined a gang of athletes -- including Tim Burke from Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid -- who have come to anchor the US biathlon team.  Go to full article
Surrounded by children in the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center youth ski program, biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake holds a sign for a trail at the ski center named for her Thursday. Cook was nominated this month to the U.S. Olympic Team for February's winter games in Sochi, Russia.  Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Surrounded by children in the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center youth ski program, biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake holds a sign for a trail at the ski center named for her Thursday. Cook was nominated this month to the U.S. Olympic Team for February's winter games in Sochi, Russia. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Adirondack x-country ski area launches Olympians

A small cross-country ski center in Saranac Lake is now home to three trails named for local Olympians who grew up skiing its woods and slopes.

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center christened its newest trail last week for Annelies Cook.

The 29-year-old biathlete from Saranac Lake was recently nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in February at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

As Chris Knight reports, Cook says the small Nordic ski area played a big role in her development as a skier.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29619840@N00/4617845128/">Cheuk-man Kong</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Photo: Cheuk-man Kong, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

North Country luger makes US Olympic team

One North Country athlete has locked in his place at the Russian Winter Olympics that open in February. Chris Mazdzer, a luge sled racer from Saranac Lake, secured his place on the US team while competing in Winterberg, Germany.  Go to full article
Peter Frenette from Saranac Lake launches into space during the Flaming Leaves competition in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>, used by permission
Peter Frenette from Saranac Lake launches into space during the Flaming Leaves competition in Lake Placid. Photo: Mike Lynch, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission

North Country gears up for Russia Olympics

There are just about 100 days to go before the Winter Olympics in Russia. Once again this year, athletes from the North Country are expected to be in the running for medals.

Serious contenders from our region will be Nordic combined skier Billy Demong, a gold medalist four years ago in Vancouver.

Also, biathlon racer Tim Burke, downhill skier Andrew Weibrecht, biathlon skier Annelies Cook, of Saranac Lakeand and long-distance ski jumper Peter Frenette.  Go to full article

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