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The Next Generation of Olympians Descend on NYC May 10th

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Meet Olympic Medalists & Sochi 2014 Hopefuls at Fundraiser in Central Park

LAKE PLACID, NY – Vancouver Winter Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists will be in Central Park for an evening of entertainment to benefit the Next Generation of Olympians and Sochi 2014 hopefuls.

Andrew Weibrecht wins bronzeThis event presents a rare opportunity to meet Nordic Combined Gold and Silver Medalist Bill Demong, Super G Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and aspiring Sochi 2014 athletes on a rare break from their rigorous training schedules. Olympian Casey Colby, U.S. Ski Team member Tommy Biesemeyer, U.S. Olympic Ski Jumpers Nicholas Alexander and Peter Frenette, and U.S. Olympic Biathlete Tim Burke will also be in attendance.

In 2010, New York’s premier ski program, the New York State Ski Educational Foundation, sent seven athletes to the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. NYSEF will host its first New York City gala fundraiser Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, New York City. Proceeds from ticket sales and an auction will be donated to the Endowment Fund to Support the Next Generation, and the NYSEF scholarship and general funds.

General admission tickets for the event are $250 and $150 for attendees 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at:

In partnership with NYSEF, the Next Generation gala event is sponsored in part by Northwood School and the National Sports Academy at Lake Placid, and will feature an auction, cocktails and dinner. Additional sponsors include the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Whiteface Mountain and CJS Sales. For more information, contact Emily McGuire at or log on to

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Slide Down Mt. Van Hoevenberg

January 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Make sure you watch the HD version.

Olympic Bobsled Track - Mt Van Hoevenburg, AdirondacksTrack Specification
Length to finish: 1455 m
Length to end of track: 1680 m
Curves: 20
Average Grade: 9.8%
Vertical Drop to Finish: 107 m
Vertical Drop to low point: 128 m
Maximum G Forces: 5.1
Maximum Speed: 130 km/h                        Official SiteWikipedia
Average Grade: 8.6%

The old track:
“Owning one of the great traditions in the sport, the original bob track in lake Placid was ranked among the most difficult. Lake Placid has hosted the Olympic bobsleigh competitions of 1932 and 1980 along with seven World Championships. In 1999 a new combined track was built for the Goodwill Games.” (link)

Wow, in 1917, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks successfully blocked “construction of a bobsleigh run on state forest lands, in the Town of North Elba, on the west side of the Sentinel Range, in Wilmington Notch“, which resulted in the construction of the bobsled track in its current location. (link)

Popular Science, 1931 – Mile-a-Minute on a Bobsled
Popular Mechanics, 1932 – Rounding the Zigzag Turn of a Bobsled Run

Olympic Bob-run - Lake Placid, NY
(Photo by Dave Parfitt, via Adventures by Daddy)

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Olympic Bobsled Run

January 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

Olympic Bobsled RunAbout this item

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