Whistler, BC, Feb 12, 2010 — The head of the organizing committee for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, says ``we're ready.''
The 16-day extravaganza starts tonight with the lavish opening ceremonies at B-C Place Stadium. About 55-thousand people will pack the stadium for the glittering event. It will be the first time the ceremonies for a Winter Games will be held indoors.
Outdoors, organizers are contending with un-winterlike weather. Fog forced the cancellation of downhill training in Whistler yesterday. Weeks of around-the-clock work and a small army of staff bringing in snow meant the courses were ready. But fog brought visibility down to about 100 yards.
Lake Placid-based photographer Nancie Battaglia is in Vancouver for the Games. She came to Lake Placid to document the 1980 winter Olympics, and has been shooting Olympic pictures ever since. For the next two weeks, she'll be checking in with North Country Public Radio about the games and the many athletes this region has sent to the 2010 games.
Martha Foley caught up with Battaglia yesterday afternoon. She'd just come down from watching practice at the luge and bobsled track. Go to full article
John Napier (right) celebrating with teammates (Source: USBSF)
Lake Placid, NY, Feb 03, 2010 — 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