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Lake Placid set to Unveil Plans for an International Sliding Sports Museum

February 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)LAKE PLACID, NY – The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, in conjunction with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), is in the planning stage for the International Sliding Sports Museum (ISSM) and its Science and Technology Park to be located at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg. This will be the inaugural annex for each of the ORDA venues and their respective sports.

Fans are invited to join the committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m., for the unveiling of the museum’s planned exhibits and programs, at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Lamy Lodge.

The first of its kind anywhere in the world, this preeminent facility will feature the history of the sports of bobsled, skeleton and luge at the home of North American sliding, where current and future Olympians from around the world train and compete.

With a significant collection on display at the Olympic Sports Complex and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, the groundwork for this museum is already in place. Historic race sleds, equipment, video, photos, medals and trophies can already be seen at both locations, but a greater, more complete story remains to be told.

“Lake Placid is an ideal location for such a museum, it has played a vital role in the development and history of all of the sliding sports,” said ORDA chairman Patrick Barrett. “And because of its unique location, within a facility used by thousands of athletes from around the world, this location is ideal for educating the current and future athletes about the history and the development of their sports, while at the same time educating and inspiring a global audience.”

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit museum and invites your participation in this plan. If you wish to sponsor some part of this experience or have artifacts or stories that would enhance the collections, please contact the Museum at 518-302-5363, or Rebecca Dayton at the Olympic Sports Complex at 518-523-3419,

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FIBT Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships Lake Placid Team Selections

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments · News

Even though there’s not much snow…. We have ICE.

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FIBT World Championships 2012The much anticipated World Championships of Sliding is happening all next week and athletes are already arriving in Lake Placid. This will be the 9th time Lake Placid’s Olympic Track is used for the FIBT World Championships – the last time being 2009 when Steve Holcomb piloted to a US-victory over Switzerland and Germany. That is a BIG DEAL in the sliding-world.

The US-team selections for bobsled and skeleton were just announced today:

The selection committee met yesterday to decide teams competing in World Championships. Holcomb will team with Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) in the USA-1 BMW Night Train sled. Langton was selected to compete with Holcomb in the Under Armour two-man sled.

John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will compete with Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) and either Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.) or Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) in his National Guard four-man sled, and Fogt will be Napier’s brakeman in the Alamo two-man sled.

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) earned his spot as pilot of USA-3. The rookie driver will race with Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) in two-man, and Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas), Robinson and either Beckom or Berkeley in four-man. Beckom and Berkeley will race off on Wednesday to determine if they will compete with USA-2 or USA-3 next weekend.

The U.S. will field three sleds in the women’s bobsled competition. Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) will team with Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) in the KOA sled as USA-1, while Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) will partner in the Sliding for Hope sled as USA-2. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) will compete with Ingrid Marcum (Elmhurst, Ill.) in the USA-3 FDNY sled to complete the roster.

Women’s skeleton athletes Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) both hold records on the Lake Placid track and will be threats for the podium. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) are expected to set the pace in the men’s skeleton event.

I’m looking forward to following Team Night Train and also the nighttime skeleton races. No reason to miss the action:

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The World Visits Lake Placid in February… Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships Return

February 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Whiteface - Lake PlacidLAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The world is getting ready to visit Lake Placid, N.Y., and once again the tiny two-time Olympic village in upstate New York will be the center of the sliding universe when the FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics gets under way on the Olympic Sports Complex track. This will mark the second time since 2009 that Lake Placid has hosted the sport’s biggest race outside the Olympic year.

“We’re ready… what more needs to be said,” remarked New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) chairman Pat Barrett. “We’ve been preparing for this event since it was awarded to Lake Placid and everyone is ready to show the fans, officials and most of all the athletes an unforgettable time.”

Olympic Bobsled RunMore than 20 nations are expected to compete on the 1,455-meter long course in men’s two and four man bobsled, women’s bobsled and men’s and women’s skeleton, including the reigning four-man Olympic bobsled champion Steve Holcomb (Park City, Utah) of the United States. Holcomb rode his 2009 world championship victory in Lake Placid into the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, in Vancouver, Canada, where he became the first American bobsled pilot to win an Olympic gold medal in more than 60 years. Many of the athletes competing this time around are also hoping that the momentum gained at the world championships will carry over to the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Racing begins on Friday, Feb. 17, at 9:30 a.m. with the opening two runs of the women’s bobsled race. The women’s world champion will be crowned under the lights, Saturday night when runs three and four begin at 5 p.m. Saturday also features runs one and two of the two-man bobsled competition, beginning at 9 a.m.

Sunday’s schedule will feature the crowning of the two-man world champion when racing begins at 9 a.m. and the team competition. The team event will feature at least 10 nations competing in men’s and women’s skeleton, men’s two-man bobsled and women’s bobsled, all racing for the lowest combined time.

Racing will resume, Thursday, Feb. 23, when the world’s best women’s skeleton athletes take to the 22-curve track at 9:40 a.m. They will take two runs before a world champion is crowned on Friday, Feb. 24, when racing begins at 9:45 a.m. The men will also race, Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule features four-man bobsled action, with heats one and two beginning at 9 a.m., before the men’s skeleton action resumes with its final two runs at 5 p.m. Finally, the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics will conclude, Sunday, with the third and fourth runs of the four-man race, beginning at 9:20 a.m.

Be sure to bring the entire family to the world championships and be a part of the excitement, on and off the track. Public skeleton rides are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, through Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 24, from 1-2 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 518.523.4436 or e-mail

A fireworks display at the track, sponsored by Aubuchon Hardware and Benjamin Moore Paints, will light up night’s sky Saturday night, Feb. 18, beginning at 8:45 p.m., following the women’s bobsled award ceremony and the public draw for the team event. Fireworks are also slated for Saturday, Feb. 25, also beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Plus join the World Championship Concert Sunday night, Feb. 19, inside the Conference Center at Lake Placid. The doors open at 6 p.m., with Roadside Mystic playing at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony for the men’s two-man event and team competition. The music will continue at 8:30 when Assembly of Dust takes to the stage. Tickets are just $20 for Sunday’s party.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics. Single day tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for seniors and juniors. Tickets to see all seven days of competition are $50 for adults and $35 for juniors and seniors. Tickets are available on line by visiting, through the Olympic Center’s box office at 2634 Main St., Lake Placid, or at the Olympic Sports Complex box office.

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Lake Placid Awarded 2012 Bobsled/Skeleton Worlds

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Adirondack News

FIBT World Cup Bobsled/Skeleton Racing Dec. 17-19

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — World championship bobsled and skeleton racing is coming to Lake Placid, N.Y. one year sooner than expected. Lake Placid and the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track were awarded the 2013 Worlds during the FIBT’s 2009 Congress, but switched races with St. Moritz, Switzerland which was scheduled to host the 2012 event.

“The change was primarily made because of team travel to Sochi, Russia for international training in 2013,” said Jim Goff, New York State Olympic Regional Development (ORDA) director of events, who attended a meeting in Calgary, Canada where the decision was made. “The FIBT and its nations felt that it would be easier for the teams to travel to Sochi for Olympic training from St. Moritz rather than from Lake Placid.”

As a concession for changing the races, the FIBT awarded Lake Placid World Cup events for 2013 and 2014. “That was an important part to this change, and the FIBT did everything that they could to make that happen. I applaud them for that,” noted ORDA president/CEO Ted Blazer. “We wanted to be sure that Lake Placid remained on the World Cup calendar. This organization and everyone at the track is committed to providing the world’s best venue for international bobsled and skeleton racing and the international governing body recognizes that.”

While the exact dates for the 2012 world championships have not been set, the race is expected to be held in mid-February, 2012 on the 1,455 meter long course. The race’s slate will include men’s two-man and four-man bobsled events, women’s two-person bobsled and men’s and women’s skeleton action.

Lake Placid has had a long history of hosting world championship bobsled and skeleton racing, dating back to 1949 when the two-time Olympic village hosted the first world championship race held outside of Europe. Most recently, the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track hosted the 2009 World Championships where U.S. pilot Steve Holcomb claimed the United States first four-man crown since 1959.

“Lake Placid continues to play a major role in the international bobsled community,” remarked Tony Carlino, the venue’s general manager. “Year after year these athletes want to return to this track and truly test every ounce of their skills. Although the event is just a year away, everyone at the track is up for the challenge and we’ll be ready to host the world again.”

Race fans won’t have to wait until 2012 to watch these athletes try to tame one of the world’s most technically demanding tracks. Instead, the world’s best bobsled and skeleton athletes will be in Lake Placid, Dec. 17-19, competing in the Viessmann FIBT World Cup bobsled/skeleton Lake Placid presented by Conceptum Logistics.

The event on the 20-curve course is the final stop on the four-race North American leg that has also taken the athletes back to the 2010 Olympic course in Whistler, Canada; Calgary, Canada and Park City, Utah. This event is also the final race before the holiday break and the start of the European swing.

The action begins Friday, Dec. 17, with the men’s and women’s skeleton events, followed by Saturday’s, Dec. 18, two-man and women’s bobsled races. The four-man race is slated for Sunday, Dec. 19. Daily Tickets are available for $8.00 for adults and $6.00 juniors and senior citizens. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item for the Lake Placid Ecumenical food pantry will receive free entry. For tickets call the Olympic Sports Complex at 518-523-4436 or pick them up at the gate on event days.

For more information on the Dec. 17-19 Viessmann FIBT World Cup bobsled/skeleton Lake Placid presented by Conceptum Logistics, log on to

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Some DMO’s have all the fun

November 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Destination Marketing

My semi-serious jokes about ORDA and the Gay Olympics are not appreciated by the local tourism demi-gods.  Too bad, cuz I think it would be fun(ny).  (Possibly NSFW)

I’ve always believed that Montreal is a feeder-market that has been poorly developed by tourism promoters in the North Country.  Last time we talked about “alternative” market niches, an unnamed county legislator almost had a stroke. Maybe when I get an official Adirondack video camera, I can make some fun commercials too.

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ORDA Numbers Ignored by Media

April 23rd, 2007 · No Comments · News

A couple of recent articles have heralded visitor numbers to our local Olympic venues. One even headlines ORDA’s profitability. Luckily, the real numbers are available.

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Adirondack Bargaining Chips

March 22nd, 2007 · No Comments · News

Another curious appointment has been making the rounds a bit. Yeah, I know, Steamroller, “people’s mandate”, la la la. Let’s roll back the tape a bit.

Last December, Governor elect Steamroller criticized departing Governor Pataki as he made a wave of late patronage appointments for some loyal supporters. Well, no big surprise there. Of course we all expected the new boss to be outraged as he promised to “change the way things are done”. During a little check writing visit up here, Pataki generously announced $5 million dollars to fund a private committee – The Regional Winter Sports Committee.

Pataki seemed almost reflective as he presented $5 million to the not-for-profit Lake Placid Regional Sports Committee, headed by Alexander “Sandy” Treadwell, former New York secretary of state.

Treadwell accepted the financial gift on behalf of the organization and its board, including State Sen. Betty Little; Kay Stafford, wife of former State Sen. Ronald Stafford; Serge Lussi; Ed Wiebrecht; Jay Strack; Arthur Spiegel; and Elizabeth Lack. (via Press Republican)

With all the fuss about Grannis, yesterday’s news that David Catalfamo was named Executive Director of the Sports Commission sure is odd. I don’t think there is another person who could be better defined as a Pataki loyalist.

We’re really pleased to have Dave on board,” Treadwell, a former state Secretary of State and a former chairman of the New York State Republican Committee, said. “We’ve got somebody terrific leading the organization.”

Catalfamo had kind words for the LPRWSC board, which, as well as Treadwell, includes Serge Lussi, Edwin Weibrecht, Kay Stafford, state Sen. Betty Little and others.

“We’ve got a great board,” Catalfamo said. “They’re all pillars of the community and they bring a lot to the table.” (read:wealthy)

Wonder what happened to Spiegel? Guess he must have been busy at one of those Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century meetings. Those guys must be in deep conversation with the Governor now that healthcare is being targeted. Real deep conversation.

Why would Spitzer have approved this appointment?

Update: So, what’s the Winter Sports Committee done with its $5 million?

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