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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
Ad by designer Ralph Lauren promoting the uniforms made in China.
Ad by designer Ralph Lauren promoting the uniforms made in China.

NYers decry Chinese-made Olympic uniforms

The news that the US Olympic teams uniforms are made in China has stirred up New York's politicians and business leaders. As Karen DeWitt reports, they still could be made in New York  Go to full article
Fencers square off at Fort Ticonderoga
Fencers square off at Fort Ticonderoga

En guarde! Fencers square off at Fort Ticonderoga

Our Adirondack reporter Brian Mann is a huge fan of sword fighting films, everything from The Seven Samurai to the Three Musketeers to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

But fencing isn't all about Hollywood. It's also a venerated sport, with clubs and college teams scattered across the North Country and Vermont.

Last weekend, fencers gathered at for the fifteenth annual epee (eh-PAY) tournament at Fort Ticonderoga. Brian went to check out the real thing and sends this postcard.  Go to full article
Some overzealous patrols have had an effect on the local economy

Snowmobilers say they're being harassed by law enforcement

A coalition of leaders from the North Country's snowmobile tourism industry is complaining that law enforcement officials are harassing sledders.

They say sticker inspections and multiple trail stops are discouraging visitors from visiting the area.

But as Brian Mann reports, these concerns come as law enforcement agencies are grappling with a growing number of snowmobile injuries and deaths.  Go to full article
Jimmer Fredette (foreground) and TJ Fredette (Source: TJ Fredette website)
Jimmer Fredette (foreground) and TJ Fredette (Source: TJ Fredette website)

For the Fredette brothers, hoop dreams and beat-driven songs

This year one of the biggest names in college basketball is from the North Country.

"BYU is led by that guy, Jimmer Fredette," ESPN declared earlier this year. "The senior from Glens Falls is making it rain!"

Jimmer Fredette is a guard for third-ranked Brigham Young University and he's been wrecking defenses, averaging more than 30 points a game.

Fredette has become a hometown hero in Glens Falls. But tangled up in Jimmer's break-out year is the story of his brother TJ.

TJ Fredette is a rapper whose music tells the story of the Fredette family's life, on and off the basketball court. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article
Brian Mann skiing in the Adirondacks (file photo)
Brian Mann skiing in the Adirondacks (file photo)

On a brilliant January day, skiing to Moose Pond

It's been a spotty winter for backcountry skiing in much of the North Country. But the last week or so has been picture perfect, with good snow and blue sunny skies. Brian Mann headed out over the weekend and sent back this morning's audio postcard.  Go to full article
Tony Salerno watches from his makeshift blind.
Tony Salerno watches from his makeshift blind.

Hunting for wild turkey, savoring a north woods morning

The spring turkey hunt is underway across the North Country. For many outdoorsmen, it's one of the most challenging and satisfying hunts of the year. The weather is generally good, there are few bugs, and the Adirondack Mountains in May are stunningly beautiful. Brian Mann headed out this week with two veteran sportsmen from Moriah, in the Champlain Valley. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
USA luger Erin Hamlin (Remsen, NY) with her parents Ron and Eileen after finishing 16th in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics 2/16/10. Photo: © 2010 Nancie Battaglia.
USA luger Erin Hamlin (Remsen, NY) with her parents Ron and Eileen after finishing 16th in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics 2/16/10. Photo: 2010 Nancie Battaglia.

Tough day for North Country biathletes

It was a tough day yesterday for North Country biathlon skiers competing in Vancouver. Lake Placid's Lowell Bailey finished 36th in the 12.5 kilometer "pursuit" competition. Tim Burke from Paul Smiths finished in 47th place. Both men will have at least two more chances to reach the podium in the sport, which combines rifle shooting with endurance cross-country skiing.

Tomorrow during The Eight O'Clock Hour, we'll have a special Winter Olympics edition of StoryCorps. Bailey and Burke will talk with Kris Seymour, one of their early coaches, about what it was like to grow up competing in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
16 year-old Peter Frnette qualifying for the ski jump finals at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Photo by Nancie Batttaglia.
16 year-old Peter Frnette qualifying for the ski jump finals at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Photo by Nancie Batttaglia.

16 year-old jumper Peter Frenette advances to second round at Olympics

Sixteen year-old Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake had to jump well in the qualifying round at the Vancouver Games Friday. Photographer Nancie Battaglia was there as Frenette, the youngest competitor at the Games, made his successful jump.  Go to full article
John Napier (right) celebrating with teammates (Source: USBSF)
John Napier (right) celebrating with teammates (Source: USBSF)

After departing Lake Placid, American bobsled team rebuilds

Four years ago, the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, then based in Lake Placid, fell into turmoil just before the Winter Olympics in Turin. The team dismissed head-coach Tim Nardiello following allegations of sexual harassment. Top athletes were knocked out of competition by freak accidents and a controversy involving performance-enhancing drugs. Team leaders say they've rebuilt the organization and developed a powerful new stable of athletes - including Lake Placid's John Napier - who could return to the podium in Vancouver. But as Brian Mann reports, the Americans will have to compete without one of its best bobsledders.  Go to full article

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