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Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Gunky, icky spiny water flea spreads in Adirondacks

Scientists and activists studying invasive species say the spiny water flea is spreading to more lakes in the Adirondack Park.

The organism had already been found in Great Sacandaga and Lake George. This summer, the invasive creature was found in Lake Pleasant and Piseco Lake.  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
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
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
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
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

Family's Olympic dream means sacrifice, extra jobs

For North Country athletes hoping to reach the Winter Olympics this February in Russia, these next few weeks can be nerve-wracking.

Coaches are still deciding who makes the team and who will watch from the sidelines.

Staying in the competition can also mean serious financial pressure for families struggling to support Olympic-caliber athletes.  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht skis to a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010.  (photo:  Wikipedia commons, photographer Kevin Pedraja)
Andrew Weibrecht skis to a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010. (photo: Wikipedia commons, photographer Kevin Pedraja)

Bronze in hand, Weibrecht aims for Sochi

We've begun our countdown to the winter games in Sochi Russia, which open in February.

Once again, the North Country hopes to send some of America's top athletes to the games.

Skiers and sledders and jumpers from our region are already competing around the world trying to secure a spot on Team USA.

This morning, we profile Andrew Weibrecht from Lake Placid. He scored a bronze medal four years ago at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in the Super G downhill ski race.

But as Brian Mann reports, Weibrecht has struggled in recent years with injuries and illness.  Go to full article
Researchers say bats shatter and splinter because of poor alignment of the grain in the wood. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaindlin/">shaindlin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Researchers say bats shatter and splinter because of poor alignment of the grain in the wood. Photo: shaindlin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Why we're seeing fewer shattered baseball bats

If you've ever feared for your safety at a baseball game, you can now rest a little easier thanks to the U.S. Forest Service. After testing and analyzing thousands of shattered Major League bats, researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory have been able to decrease the shatter rate of maple bats by more than half.  Go to full article
Speed skater Bridie Farrell says she was sexually abused by a much older skater, with some of the assaults occurring in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs (Photo:  Milwaukee Public Radio)
Speed skater Bridie Farrell says she was sexually abused by a much older skater, with some of the assaults occurring in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs (Photo: Milwaukee Public Radio)

Sex abuse charge rocks US speedskating

Correction: NCPR mistakenly reported that Andy Gabel resigned as president of the US Speedskating federation because of the accusations leveled against him. In fact, Gabel left that post in 2010. He resigned from US Speedskating's Hall of Fame committee following the public charges. We regret the error.

Two top women athletes are accusing the former president of US Speedskating of sexual abuse in the 1990s.

The charges were first leveled by Bridie Farrell, a skater from Wisconsin, who says she was fifteen years old when the abuse occurred. Farrell says some of the sexual assault occurred during training sessions in Lake Placid and Saratoga Springs. A second skater has since come forward, claiming that she, too, was assaulted.  Go to full article

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