WORLD CUP Roark, 2002 Olympian and upstate The schedule:
New Yorker (Ellicotville) Jillian Vogtli,
Fri., Jan. 20 - Moguls on
who won her first World Cup event last
season and has won a U.S. title each Wilderness Trail at Whiteface
of the last two winters, and, among Sat., Jan. 21 - Aerials at the
others, Laurel Shanley. MacKenzie-Intervale Jumping
Complex (night event)
Aerials, where the athletes are kicked
up to 50 or 60 feet above the snow to Sun., Jan. 22 - Moguls on
perform twists and flips before landing, Wilderness Trail at Whiteface
he Nature Valley Freestyle Cup champion Nate Roberts. Toby Dawson, has its share of medal contenders,
Jan. 20-22 in Lake Placid, one dual moguls gold medalist last season too. World Cup champ Jeret “Speedy”
of the longest stops on the and a six-time World Cup winner, will be Peterson captured the season-opening
freestyle World Cup skiing circuit, will in the mix along with 2003 World Cup event in Australia in September and
have added importance this Olympic champ Travis Cabral, 2002 Olympic mo- Ryan St. Onge won the next day. Salt
season. Athletes will be competing guls silver medal-winner Travis Mayer, Lake City Olympic silver medalist Joe
in the final events before the 2006 Vermonter David Babic and Westchester Pack and 1998 Olympic champion Eric
Olympic team is named. County native Luke Westerlund. But Bergoust also had podium performances
only four bump runners can be chosen in Australia.
When the Nature Valley contests end for the Olympics.
Sunday afternoon, U.S. coaches will The women’s scramble for Olympic slots
huddle to start making final picks for the Among the women, Vermont teen will include Tonawanda, N.Y., veteran
Olympic team Feb. 10-26 in Torino, Italy. Hannah Kearney, who turns 20 on the Kelly Hilliman, Emily Cook - who gave
final day of the Winter Games, is the up her place on the ’02 Olympic squad
The U.S. moguls brigade is the deepest defending world champion. She’s joined after injuring both feet in a training
in the world - five of the top seven men by Shannon Bahrke, the 2002 Olympic crash in Lake Placid two weeks before
are Americans, including World Cup silver medalist in moguls, former World the 2002 Games, and veterans Jana
king Jeremy Bloom and reigning world Cup champion (dual moguls) Michelle Lindsey and Kate Reed. n
WORLD CUP Shame on you if you missed last year’s
quarter pipe exhibition, but we’re going
to give you another shot on Saturday
night (March 11) when pro riders line
Snowboard up for the snowmobile tow-in. They’ll
be huckin’ the big stuff smack dab in the
middle of the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid.
Live music, rail jam and product toss all
hey say you’ve got to be bold a lesson in pipe riding? NBC will be on included in the free price of admission. n
to follow the best. That’s why hand to get it all on tape, so do yourself
when the 2006 Winter Olympic a favor and start thinking of what to
Games close in Torino on February 26, paint on your belly.
Whiteface is saying “I got next” when
the State Farm U.S. Snowboard Cup Boreen will once again be packed full
returns to the 1980 Olympic Mountain with bigger banks and kickers than
March 9-12. you’ve ever seen as snowboardcross The schedule:
legends Seth Wescott and Lindsey Thurs. March 9 - Parallel
To make sure the 2006 event is bigger Jacobellis prove why SBX could be the Giant Slalom Finals on Drapers
and better, the Whiteface crew took it to biggest event at the Olympics. Drop at Whiteface
the trenches, literally re-positioning the
Bear Superpipe to be steeper just so you And if that’s not enough speed for Sat. March 11 - Superpipe
can get digi shots of the best riders in you, then Draper’s Drop is the place Finals on Bear Trail at Whiteface
the world using the gondola cable as a where razor sharp edges are a must for
Sat. March 11 - Quarter pipe
high jump meter. parallel giant slalom. Check champs like
(Shawn Holes Photos )
Swiss dominators Phillip Schoch and tow in (night event)
Will Shaun White roll back into town Daniela Mueli, but never count out the Sun. March 12 - Snowboard
with a little Italian bling and defend his Americans as both Michelle Gorgone Cross Finals on Boreen Trail
title or will East Coasters Ross Powers and Rosey Fletcher nailed the Whiteface at Whiteface
and Danny Kass teach the California boy podium last time around.
2 FLAME Winter 2006
Empire State Winter Games in
Lake Placid, February 24-26
C an’t get to Torino for the
Winter Olympics? Or perhaps
you want to check out some
of those winter sports with the funny
names, like luge and biathlon? If so,
Winter Olympic Team in Salt Lake City
four years ago.
Administered by the state Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation, and
champion - and providing a significant
economic benefit to local business.
A great kickoff to the Winter Games is the
pageantry of opening ceremonies, Friday
come to the Empire State Winter Games with the generous support of the New evening, February 24, at 6pm in the
in Lake Placid, February 24 - 26. You’ll York Lottery and the Olympic Regional Olympic Arena. The ceremony will feature
find great competition and worldclass Development Authority, the Empire music, the parade of athletes, an exciting
facilities surrounded by the beauty of this State Games (winter and summer) are video, lighting of the torch, a laser/light
Adirondack winter resort area. a wonderful opportunity not only for show and much more.
displaying potential Olympic talent but
Now in its 26th year, the Empire State as a realistic goal for all competitive The fun continues on Saturday with
Winter Games is truly an Olympic-style athletes in the state. the 10th Annual Winterfest – this year
competition, featuring 12 winter sports conveniently located just off Main Street,
using many of the wonderful facilities of For the winter and the summer Games, with two bands, games, food, special
the 1980 Winter Olympics. Alpine skiing, nearly 40,000 athletes compete in drawings and fireworks over Mirror Lake.
biathlon, bobsledding, cross country preliminary tryouts across the state. It’s a family experience that you won’t
skiing, figure skating, luge, Nordic sprint, Qualifiers then go on to the finals in their want to miss.
(Nancie Battaglia Photo)
ice hockey, skeleton, ski jumping, ski respective sport, either in Lake Placid in
orienteering, and speed skating fill the the winter, or in the selected host city for So if you can’t get to Torino and the
weekend with exciting competition. the Summer Games (Rochester in July). Winter Olympics, you may truly enjoy
An example of that can be found in the This gives spectators an opportunity to the excitement, the competition and the
22 Empire State Games alumni who witness some of the finest performances spirit of the Empire State Winter Games
represented the United States on the in the state while cheering on tomorrow’s in Lake Placid. n
C elebrating their 80th An-
niversary, the World Famous
Harlem Globetrotters are
bringing their 2006 ‘Unstoppable’ North
American Tour to Lake Placid. Sponsored
ball-handling and comedy routines, as
well as a ‘meet and greet’ session at the
end of every game. During the games,
spectators are entertained by the antics
of their exciting mascot ‘Globie’. The
COMING TO LAKE PLACID
by Western Union, the Globetrotters Globetrotters get to know the communi-
will take the court on Tuesday, February ties they play by visiting local schools,
21st, 2006, against the New York Na- hospitals and other youth-based
tionals at the Olympic Center. Tip-off is organizations. They donate money and
at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12.50 and merchandise to hundreds of local and
are available at the Arena Box Office, national charities every year.
by phone at 518-523-3330, or on-line
at Tickets.com. Since their inception in 1927, the
Harlem Globetrotters have traveled to
“As we celebrate our 80th consecu- 117 nations, played before 123 million
tive season of touring North America fans, won championships and built
in 2006, the Globetrotters have put bridges between people and communi-
together something very special for the ties around the world, making them
fans who have supported the team now virtually “Unstoppable” for nearly 80
for nine decades,” said Globetrotters ’ years. In 2002, the organization was
Owner & Chairman, Mannie Jackson. only the fifth team to be inducted into
“’Unstoppable’ represents both the the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame;
energy and commitment of the players followed by an induction into the Black
to give the fans something special. We Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame
look forward to bringing that energy and the World Sports Humanitarian
to Lake Placid.” Hall of Fame. n
Living up to their billing as ‘Ambas- For more information, visit the team’s
sadors of Goodwill, ’ the Globetrotters official web site:
continue their tradition of amazing www.harlemglobetrotters.com
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Choose Your CHE Program
Skinny skiing at Gore Lake Placid
An International Hockey Company Since 1987
ore Mountain offers a variety of ways to enjoy winter, including several trails for snowshoeing and other locations...
and cross-country skiing. Our trails are patrolled and maintained, and open to the public daily.
Gore hosts the “Great Gore Mountain Raquette Race,” an annual snowshoe race, as well as the
“Northwoods Triathlon,” combining nordic and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. Off-season, these multi- 10,000 Participants Each Year!
use trails remain open for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. The “Gore Mountain Leaf Cruncher is a
3.1 mile run held each October on this terrain.
Here’s a thumbnail of Gore’s cross-country skiing and snowshoeing: Boy’s & Girl’s
Bobcat Loop - A short trail offering a great combination of gentle rolls and climbs for beginning
snowshoers, or providing a fast-paced aerobic workout for the experienced.
Little Notch Loop - Winds past ledges and rock outcroppings, continuing to the base area. • Lake Placid, NY • Montreal, PQ • Quebec City, PQ
Tannery Alpine - A wide, popular three-mile long trail, great for skating • from Mite to High School
Partridge Lane - Look for this trail’s namesake while enjoying a brief but scenic loop.
Partridge Cut-Off - A recommendation for first-timers or those looking for a brief outing. Also
provides access to the more difficult “Doe Brook Loop.”
Alexa Run - A good beginner/intermediate trail which crosses the Gore Mountain access road and Boy’s & Girl’s Hockey Schools
leads you to “Doe Brook.” • Lake Placid, NY (spend a weekend with Steve Larmer)
Doe Brook - A scenic trail through mixed hardwoods and evergreens along meandering brooks.
Tannery Loop - Moderate climb through stands of spruce, firs, and various hardwoods. It parallels • Peterborough, ON
the deep ravine of the Straightbrook Watershed from Gore’s summit. • 1500 Kids each summer • Innovative Hockey Schools
Straightbrook Loop - Our most difficult Nordic trail with moderate to steep climbs and descents. from Beginners to Junior/College Programs
Near the trailhead is the remains of Swanson’s Sawmill, built during the 1920’s.
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• Lake Placid, New York • Peterborough, Ontario • Canmore, Alberta
• Learn from Olympians!
ORDA Retains Hig hland Partners to Recruit
New President & CEO Men’s & Women’s Hockey Tournaments
T he New York State Olympic Regional Development
Authority (ORDA) will retain Highland Partners, a
leading retained executive search boutique and
a division of Hudson Highland Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HHGP)
headquartered in New York City, to recruit the organization’s
ORDA’s previous CEO, Ted Blazer, stepped down in early Sep-
tember to accept a position with the Albany-based engineering
firm of Clough Harbour and Associates, LLP. Since that time, an
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeffery B. Byrne,
has been in place while the search for a permanent replace-
Highland Partners is a division of Hudson Highland Group,
Inc., one of the world’s leading professional staffing, retained
executive search and human capital solution providers. More
information about Highland Partners is available at www.
Lake Placid, NY • Montreal, PQ • Las Vegas, NV • Chicago, IL • Banff, AB
Kelowna, BC • Vancouver, BC • Halifax, NS • London, ON • Niagara Falls, ON • Ft. Lauderdale, FLA
new President and CEO. ment takes place.
“We believe Highland Partners’ expertise and reputation Highland Partners, a leading global boutique in C-level
for unsurpassed quality will be critical in recruiting the best retained executive search, specializes in recruiting CEOs, CFOs, Men’s & Women’s
possible candidate for this position,” said Charles A. Gargano,
COOs, CIOs and board directors. The firm is organized along
both industry and geographic lines, allowing it to offer clients Hockey Schools
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(Shawn Holes Photo)
8 FLAME Winter 2006
Miles and miles of smiles.
First, the weather has allowed
ORDA to make snow for ex-
2005-06 Whiteface Campaign
tended periods of time. Second, the work done
by the Whiteface crew in the off-season to kick Snowmaking is just a portion of the story in the 2005-06 Whiteface
up the snowmaking can only be termed wildly campaign. Here’s a summary of other improvements and changes.
>> A new winch cat and free groomer have been added to the fleet. The winch cat primaril
Other than a few days post-Thanksgiving, it has grooms the steeps and re-distributes snow uphill.
been a banner year for snowmakers. Very few
starts and stops will lead to good, consistent >> Re-positioning of the superpipe on the Bear trail. This will make the pipe steeper for
bases and depths. That has certainly been the recreational skiers and riders and World Cup snowboarders.
case at Whiteface in the first half of the winter.
>> Some snowmaking line upgrades have been completed for greater water capacity.
The site of the 1980 Olympic alpine events, 2000 >> There will be four terrain parks for all ability levels. They will be found on Lower Valley,
Winter Goodwill Games ski and ride competitions Lower Thruway, Brookside and Kids Kampus.
as well as World Cup freestyle and snowboard-
ing opened for the season on November 25. That >> New headquarters for the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) at the base of
opening weekend was memorable for offering a the Boreen trail.
nearly mid-winter experience. Unfortunately this
was interrupted by three fluke days of spring-like >> Preliminary planning and engineering has occurred for the installation of an automated
weather. On the other side of that, however, the snowmaking system in the future.
snowmaking has gone full-throttle…literally.
During the summer of 2005, ORDA, the umbrella
organization under which Whiteface and all the
Olympic venues operate, rolled up its sleeves and
plunged into the Ausable River, which runs along
Right behind that, Whiteface guests seemed hap- of summer and fall preparation. While many of
the mountain’s base. This is the water source for
py with a new pattern of snowmaking. Trails that us were still hitting golf and tennis balls, the
Whiteface’s man-made snow. In the past, when
opened later now welcomed skiers and riders Whiteface staff was re-grading Riva Ridge and
weather conditions turned cold, some slush and
much sooner, including the summit. Traditionally, Upper Paron’s Run to enable snowmaking to be
ice would find their way into the snowmaking
Excelsior, from the top of Little Whiteface, is the more effective. To aid that process, 35 snow guns
intake system preventing the free flow of water.
first to be artificially snowed. Once some primary were purchased (thanks to the New York Power
This issue was rectified over the summer with the
routes – also including Upper and Lower Valley Authority) and permanently installed on those
installation of an additional filter.
and Mixing Bowl - were opened, it was time to summit trails. Now snowmaking has become
venture where Whiteface had never gone before much easier and the experience can only be
Now the unwanted buildup cannot gain entry,
in December. Next it was Upper and Lower called epic.
allowing for maximum water intake. This, in turn,
Northway and Essex for the experts with Moun-
has led to greater quantity and quality of snow
tain Run, another expert trail, coming on line. Three days after the guns started blowing, the
being placed on the resort’s trails. In canvassing
mountain’s top opened for the year. It marked
opinion, the quality of the conditions, particu-
Then, in what may be the defining moment of the earliest summit skiing in seven years, and
larly in the early season, was the constant topic
this season, Whiteface snowmakers flipped the back then, it required monumental December
of conversation. Tack on a mid December dump
switch on Paron’s Run, Riva Ridge and Follies on snowfalls to commence operations. Now what is
of 14 inches and it was nirvana.
December 11. This, too, was possible as a result monumental are the conditions. n
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12 FLAME Winter 2006
(Gore Mountain Photos)
lodges. A complete makeover of the mid-moun-
tain Saddle Lodge included a new fireplace, new
tables and chairs, full food service and upper-
level bar area. The base lodge featured a new
food court, re-configurations of the retail and
rental areas to improve the guest experience,
and new signage. The introduction of Center-
plate as Gore Mountain’s concessionaire brought
new menu items for dining and a new fleet
of Burton snowboards and Rossignol skis for
rental. A new Kodak photo services department
allowed guests to take home their favorite Gore
Trail crews widened “Twister” from 60-80 feet
wide to 120 feet, allowing for more high-profile
racing events to be hosted. The racing associa-
tions immediately recognized this work in their
scheduling. Another 70 tower guns were added
for snowmaking, and there were improvements
made to Gore Mountain’s extensive gladed terrain.
2005-2006: Five new additions to the trail
map will offer more fun and variety to Gore
Mountain’s terrain this season. “Woodchuck” is
a new intermediate run on the High Peaks Side,
offering a narrow, winding adventure from the
999-2000: The eight-passenger North- features four exciting 800-foot chutes, all lift-ser-
“Wood Lot” trail. “Darby Woods” for experts is
woods Gondola was installed, transporting viced with lighting for evening activity. Long-
a glade accessible from Lower Cloud near the
guests to the summit of Bear Mountain, term plans call for a physical connection between
Lower Darby entrance. On the summit of Gore,
one of Gore’s three developed peaks. The lift was Gore Mountain trails and the Ski Bowl, increasing
experts will also enjoy “Mineshaft Glades,” con-
voted “Best New Lift” of 2000 by SKIING Maga- vertical by 400 feet and allowing guests to ski
necting “Open Pit” with the “Dell” trail.
zine, and transports 2,400 passengers per hour. into the village of North Creek, adding to Gore’s
New terrain includes the intermediate “Pine appeal as a premier destination resort.
Two new glades accessible from the Bear Moun-
Knot” and expert “Fairview.”
tain summit will include “Pinebrook Glades” and
2003-2004: Gore Mountain’s 40th Anniversary
“The Cave Glades.” The latter does feature a real
2000-2001: Bear Mountain development contin- season celebrated two new glades, a new lift-ser-
cave along the trail! With these newest terrain
ued, with the opening of “Foxlair,” a new interme- viced terrain park, the widening of the intermedi-
additions, Gore Mountain now offers 344 acres
diate run transporting guests to lower mountain ate “Wild Air” trail, and programming additions
of skiing, the most in New York State.
terrain. Foxlair’s beautiful views offer guests an and improvements in the Snow Sports School.
amazing vista of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.
Gore Mountain continued to improve the on-
2004-2005: Gore Mountain focused on indoor
snow experience with several grooming and
2001-2002: A major list of improvements includ- and outdoor improvements, making beauti-
snowmaking upgrades. n
ed the widening of “Foxlair” to further improve ful renovations to the base and mid-mountain
the intermediate experience on Bear Mountain,
the installation of the Snow Train conveyor lift
to enhance the Kids Klub program, the addition
of 50 new tower guns concentrated on expert Gore Mountain time capsule
terrain, and the renovated Tannery Pub & Res- 1934-2004
taurant. In addition to the new carpeting, table
and chairs, and bar area for the Tannery, cabins >> 1934: The first snow train, carrying 800 winter enthusiasts, arrives in North Creek at 10:30am from Schenectady on March 4.
from the “Old Red Gondola” were constructed Round trip fare is $1.50.
into booths. The season also featured the open- >> 1946: A 3,000 foot T-bar is installed at the North Creek Ski Bowl, servicing 830 vertical feet.
ing of “Double Barrel,” a natural trail under the >> 1964: Gore Mountain opens, featuring a J-bar, a T-bar, and for the more advanced, a double chair. It’s the longest lift in the East.
Straightbrook Quad. >> 1966: Gore Mountain helps injured or abandoned deer with a base area deer farm to the delight of guests and staff.
>> 1967: The only gondola in New York State is installed at Gore Mountain. The lift retains that title until 1999.
2002-2003: The addition of the Topridge area, >> 1976: Gore Mountain installs its first snowmaking system on four trails: Sleeping Bear, Sunway, Showcase, and Cloud.
consisting of four new trails and a lift on Bear >> 1984: Gore Mountain installs the “Adirondack Express,” a high-speed triple, the only lift of its kind in the Eastern United
Mountain, transformed the way people ski Gore States. Gore Mountain joins ORDA as the organization’s fifth venue.
Mountain. The new terrain erased a continued >> 1995: “The Rumor” opens on February 9. This trail has 70% pitch and is one of the steepest trails in the East, designed for experts only.
source of customer dissatisfaction by allow- >> 1996: Gore Mountain taps the mighty Hudson River for a snowmaking water source and quadruples snowmaking capabilities.
ing people to avoid the flat traverse along the >> 1999: The Northwoods Gondola replaces the 1967 “Old Red Gondola.” The high-speed, eight-passenger lift is named SKI
Magazine’s “Best New Lift” and transports guests to the summit of Bear Mountain.
“Cloud” trail. Skiable acreage on Gore was >> 2002: The Topridge Area is introduced on Bear Mountain, including a lift and four new trails. Providing service from the
increased by 10%. More options were available Straightbrook Valley, Topridge transforms the way people ski at Gore.
for guests unloading from the Northwoods >> 2003: The North Creek Ski Bowl, home to one of the first commercial ski areas and ski patrols in the U.S., is opened by Gore
Gondola, and new Adirondack views opened. Mountain for lift-service tubing - the first step in physically linking Gore and North Creek village.
>> 2004: Major renovations in both the Base and Saddle lodges, an increase of 70 tower guns, four fan guns, a new pump for
The season also welcomed the opening of the snowmaking and new terrain park and glade additions highlight the season.
tubing park at the North Creek Ski Bowl, home
of one of the first commercial ski areas and ski
patrols in the United States. The tubing area
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(ORDA Photos) (ORDA Photo)
(ORDA Photo) (Todd Bissonette Photo)
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20 FLAME Winter 2006
Verizon Sports Complex...
While both characterizations are dramatic exam- go-for-broke competitors. But
ples of the cross country skiing community, the as you move back through the
reality seen at a cross country ski center is similar field, you find those wool-wear-
to these stereotypes; not many ski centers are ing, nature-loving skiers who
able to appeal to only one segment of the cross just want to enjoy the beauty
country skiing market. Rarely do the two sides of a sojourn in the woods. And
meet and co-exist on the same trail system as at the end of it all, everyone sits
they do on the 50 kilometers (31 miles) of state- down to a plate of pasta and
run cross country trails at the Verizon Sports swap stories of the day.
Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.
Recreational programs do not
That is not to say that the divergent approaches suffer in the face of a strong rac-
to the sport have always been smooth, but the ing program. In fact, Mt. Van Ho-
link between recreational skiers and racers has evenberg offers activities for just
always been a love of the sport. That affinity most about every type of skier, young
(Mark Kurtz Photo)
clearly shows itself in the volunteers that have and old, fast and slow, and even
been such an important part of the racing scene those that are not skiers at all but
since the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area was who want to enjoy one of our
first created for the 1969 John F. Kennedy Games. new snowshoe-only trails.
Even after the trails were upgraded and im- Trailmarkers offers free skiing
proved for the 1980 Winter Games and with all and lessons to area third graders and has been Business with a Conservationist Edge
the prestigious events that have been held on recognized as an innovative way to develop new
the trail system, the only two commemorative cross country skiers. It’s a delicate process that allows ORDA to simul-
plaques in the entire complex belong to a pair taneously operate the trail network as a for-profit
of the most dedicated volunteers and avid rec- The Loppet Ladies, which gives female skiers an ski center and world class competition venue on
reational skiers the venue has ever known. Long opportunity to get their competitive fires burning, state land in the Adirondack Park.
time volunteer, Harry Eldridge, is remembered had a strong following in its first year with 20 of
in his spot at the top of Harry’s Hill, one of the its participants skiing the Lake Placid Loppet. And “It is a constant challenge to improve the trail sys-
steepest climbs at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, where the Sunday Series enables everyone a chance to tem and offer a better skiing surface for the public
many say his cheers still echo. Gloria Chadwick’s show off their skiing skills in a weekly “race” series while keeping up with the demands of the inter-
tireless dedication to the sport resulted in the where participating is as important as skiing fast. national skiing community,” continued Stratford.
cross country stadium being re-named in her “We also strive to preserve the natural beauty
memory. Gloria was the first director of the U.S. The Beauty of a Day in the Woods of the area. One of the most significant changes
Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid when it on the environment has been a move away from
first opened in the late 1980s. Few cross country ski areas offer a different expe- large alpine-type groomers and a return to more
rience for every mood. labor intensive snowmobile grooming.
The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area was
originally managed by the Department of One day you can climb the famous “Russian “We have also spent a lot of time in the off sea-
Environmental Conservation, but control was Complaint” and ask, “It is challenging, but if I son working on erosion control and drainage on
transferred to the newly-formed New York Olym- could do it why couldn’t they?” the trails which means we are able to open with
pic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) in less snow,” said Stratford.
1982. Since that time, Mt. Van Hoevenberg has “Russian Complaint” refers to a small section of
operated as a day-use facility for residents and trail removed just prior to the 1980 Games after The Verizon Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoeven-
visiting guests as well as a world class training the Russian team complained that the total berg will always be unique among cross-country
and competition venue for athletes in the sports climb was outside accepted parameters. It is still ski sites. The area is proud of its rich racing
of cross country skiing and biathlon. a point of pride for many locals to ski the entire heritage and its place as a world-class competi-
trail complete with(out) the “complaint”. tion venue. Nevertheless, it is equally focused on
According to ski area manager Greg Stratford, its natural surroundings and those guests who
the cross country center averages over 120 The next day ski that same trail and marvel at the visit looking for a meticulously groomed jaunt
inches of snowfall a year and receives over complicated system of piping running through through the idyllic Adirondacks.
20,000 skier and snowshoe visitors during its four the sugar bush and take a detour to South
to five month operating season. It has been host Meadow Farm Sugar Shack for some fresh maple At the end of the day, you could say this is the
to major events including three biathlon World syrup drizzled over snow - the perfect energy atypical cross country ski center that illustrates
Cup events and several U.S. National Champion- food for the climb ahead. how recreation and racing have become the
ships and Olympic Trials in the sports of biathlon perfect storm. n
and cross country. It is also the home of the cross Follow North Brook as it meanders along the
country, biathlon, snowshoe and ski orienteering trail, watch the beaver dams for signs of life, and
events at the Empire State Winter Games. wonder if the rumor of the bobcat that frequents
the trails is true (it is!). Stop for a picnic and // Few cross country
But ask the staff to name their favorite event of
the year and the one that comes up repeatedly
“listen” for the quiet stillness of a snow-covered
ski areas offer a
caters to all levels of athlete. For 23 years, the Ve- different experience
rizon Sports Complex has been home to the Lake And as the trail returns to the lodge, feel com- for every mood.
Placid Loppet, a 25 and 50 kilometer citizen’s race. petitive fires ignite as you realize you are skiing
behind a group of world class biathletes and
It is an event more about personal challenge they are not leaving you in the dust. It helps that For more information on the Verizon Sports Complex and all
then public glory and it epitomizes the dichot- they are cooling down and you are skiing at race of its trails and programs visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com
omy that is Mt. Van Hoevenberg. At the front of pace, but that does not change the story you will and www.verizonsportscomplex.com.
the Loppet pack are fast-moving, bright-colored, tell over dinner that night.
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Lake Placid is home to the NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES of U.S. Luge, Bobsled/Skeleton & USA Hockey Women’s
National Team. Ironman North America runs a major triathlon each summer in Lake Placid. In this section, those respective
Media Relations & Communications staffs offer reviews of the past season and previews of the season to come.
U.S. Olympic Luge Team Blends Experience and Youth
By Jon Lundin (www.usaluge.org) || Photo courtesy of Gordy Sheer
The 10-member U.S. Olympic luge team will combine experience and youth during February’s Olympic Winter Games in
Torino, Italy. Four sliders are returning to Olympic competition, while six will get their first taste of the Olympic experience.
“I like the makeup of this team. I very much like the mix of youth and experience and I’m very confident in this group,”
stated Ron Rossi, USA Luge executive director. “Nothing has changed in our expectations during the Games. I expect all of
our sliders to race at their best and excel.”
The U.S. doubles team is led by Mark Grimmette (Muskegon, Mich.) and Brian Martin (Palo Alto, Calif.), who are looking
forward to their third Games together after sliding to bronze in 1998 and silver in 2002. In Torino, the duo will try to
become the first U.S. male winter Olympians to win three consecutive medals in three consecutive Olympic Winter Games.
Only figure skater, Beatrix Loughran, and speedskater, Bonnie Blair, have accomplished the feat for the United States. Grim-
mette and Martin could also become first-ever U.S. winter Olympians to win bronze, silver and gold in back-to-back-to-back
Olympic Winter Games. Grimmette also finished fourth with Jonathan Edwards in 1994.
Grimmette and Martin will be joined by first-time Olympians Preston Griffall (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Dan Joye (Carmel,
N.Y.). In November’s race on the 2006 Olympic course, the 21-year-old Griffall and the 20-year-old Joye combined to slide
to a World Cup career-high fifth place finish.
The U.S. men’s singles team will feature 2002 Olympic veteran Tony Benshoof (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and a pair of Olympic
rookies in 27-year-old Christian Niccum (Woodinville, Wash.) and 23-year-old Jonathan Myles (Rumney, N.H.). Since finishing
17th in Salt Lake City, the 30-year-old Benshoof has become USA Luge’s most decorated singles athlete, while Niccum and
Myles have been steady World Cup competitors over the last few seasons.
The women’s singles team will have a similar make up as the men. Courtney Zablocki (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) is the lone
returning Olympian after finishing 13th in 2002, while her teammates include Olympic rookies 20-year-old Samantha
Retrosi (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.). At just 19-years-old, Hamlin is the youngest U.S. luge athlete
to compete in the Olympic Winter Games since Cammy Myler in 1988. Myler was just 19-years-old when she slid in the
Calgary, Canada Winter Games.
The XX Torino Olympic Winter Games will run from Feb. 10-26. The four-heat, two-day men’s singles competition is
scheduled for Feb. 11-12, while the four-heat, two-day women’s singles race is slated for Feb. 13-14. The doubles event, a
one-day, two-heat race, will take place Feb. 15. All three races will be held in Cesana Pariol. n
USBSF Off to a Flying Start in Olympic Season
By Tom Ladue (www.usbsf.com) || Photo courtesy of Charlie Booker
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation had one of its most successful first halves of the World Cup season
ever, as the American athletes collected 20 medals (three gold, eight silver and nine bronze) out of a total of 60.
The men and women’s bobsled programs have collected 12 of the 20 medals and are led by Todd Hays, 2002 Olympic
four-man silver medalist. Hays is ranked number one in the world in the two-man and fourth in the four-man and is
the overall combined World Cup leader. During the first half Todd has won a medal in every two-man race and most
recently claimed gold in the four-man race in Cortina, Italy.
The women’s bobsled program has three sleds ranked in the top six in the world and has medalled on every track
this season. The team of Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, who are ranked number two in the world, are the
leading women. Rohbock and Fleming have four medals (one silver and three bronze) and are looking to keep alive
the streak of a medal on every track. Close behind is the team of 2002 Olympian Jean Prahm and 2002 Olympic gold
medalist Vonetta Flowers who are ranked third in the world. Prahm and Flowers have the only gold won by the
women this year and it came in Lake Placid when they finished in a dead heat with Germany’s Sandra Kiriasis. Jill
Bakken, 2002 Olympic Champion, is the third driver for the Americans. She has partnered with Bethany Hart and
Amanda Moreley and is ranked sixth in the world.
The skeleton team has collected its fair share of medals as well. The men’s team is led by Zach Lund, who is ranked
number one in the world, has won two silver and two bronze medals. Lund has been joined on the podium by three-
time Verizon National Champion Eric Bernotas, gold at Lake Placid, and Kevin Ellis, silver in Igls, Austria.
The three men have led the team to the top ranking in the world. The women’s team came into the season with the
reigning 2005 World Cup champion Noelle Pikus-Pace looking to defend her title, but as a result of a freak accident in
Calgary where Noelle was hit by a four-man bobsled and fractured her leg, it did not look like she would be able to
return. With Noelle out, three-time Verizon National Champion Katie Uhlaender stepped to the front and is ranked
number three in the world after collecting two bronze medals so far. Uhlaender, in only her second season on the
World Cup tour, is now a force in every race and illustrates how deep the women’s program is. Noelle returned to the
ice only seven weeks after her injury and finished an impressive eighth.
With the Games in Torino, Italy apporaching, the United States is looking to climb the podium once again like it did in
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USA Hockey Announces Roster For 2006 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team
Nine Returning Olympians Among 20 Players Named
By Jamie Fabos (www.usahockey.com) || Photo courtesy of Bill Robertson/Minnesota Wild
USA Hockey announced the 20-player roster for the 2006 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team at a public event at
the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., today. The roster includes 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two
Head Coach Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.) will lead his third Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team into Torino.
“We have had an arduous four months where we’ve been tested under fire and we’re looking forward to bring-
ing this group of 20 athletes together to make the final push,” said Smith. “As Americans we all know what the
objective is and this group of athletes gives us the best chance of accomplishing that goal.”
Among the players named to the team are four two-time Olympians. Forwards Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.),
Katie King (Salem, N.H.) and Tricia Dunn-Luoma (Derry, N.H.) and defenseman Angela Ruggiero (Harper Woods,
Mich.) will play in their third Olympic Winter Games in Torino.
Krissy Wendell (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), a 2002 Olympic silver-medalist, will serve as captain of the squad.
Wendell is joined up front by 2002 Olympians Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) and Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, Minn.).
Forwards Kathleen Kauth (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Kristin King (Piqua, Ohio), Kim Insalaco (Rochester, N.Y.),
Sarah Parsons (Dover, Mass.) and Kelly Stephens (Seattle, Wash.) will make their Olympic debuts in Torino.
The U.S. blueline includes three returning Olympians with Ruggiero, Courtney Kennedy (Woburn, Mass.) and
Lyndsay Wall (Churchville, N.Y.). Defensemen Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), Caitlin Cahow (New Haven,
Conn.), Jamie Hagerman (N. Andover, Mass.) and Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.) will play in their first Olympic
Winter Games in 2006.
Goaltenders Chanda Gunn (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Pam Dreyer (Eagle River, Alaska) will also make their
Olympic debuts in Torino.
The selection of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team is subject to the approval of the United States Olympic
Committee’s Games Preparation Division. n
Ironman USA Lake Placid to Take Place for the Eighth Time in 2006
By Josh Hernandez (www.ironmanusa.com) || Photo courtesy of Ironman North America
The Ironman USA Lake Placid Triathlon will take place for the eighth time in 2006, as 2,000 athletes from
around the world are scheduled to compete in the international event.
Ironman USA Lake Placid is the oldest Ironman event in the continental United States and is also one of the
most popular triathlons in the world. Registration for the 2006 event closed in less than one day! Through its
continued association with Ironman, Lake Placid and the surrounding Adirondack communities have become a
well-known triathlon community.
“The community of Lake Placid has supported the Ironman cause since our inaugural event almost eight years
ago,” said Ironman North America President Graham Fraser. “We have a very close tie to this special place, and it
is clearly evident by all of the support we receive throughout the year from the residents of the Adirondack area.”
Athletes competing in the 2006 Ironman USA Lake Placid Triathlon will be competing for 80 qualifying spots to
the 2006 Ironman Triathlon World Championship held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The 2006 event will alternate from a women’s-only professional race to a men’s-only professional race. The
2006 Ironman USA Lake Placid will feature a $50,000 professional men’s-only prize purse. The 2006 Ironman
USA Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) will feature the same purse for professional women.
A who’s who of top Ironman triathletes have competed in Lake Placid over the past seven years, including Iron-
man legend and eight-time Ironman World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser, former Ironman World Champions
Thomas Hellriegel of Germany and Heather Fuhr of Canada as well as U.S. standouts Steve Larsen, Ryan Bolton
and Cameron Widoff. Fuhr took her fifth title at the 2005 Lake Placid event.
Ironman USA Lake Placid, while fitting the bill as a unique international event, also has a unique tie with the
Adirondack communities that it visits, as more than 3,000 people volunteer for the event. Many volunteers and
volunteer captains will be entering their eighth year of volunteering for this competition, and the continued
success of the event is directly tied to the great volunteer support. n
For more information, log onto www.ironmanusa.com.
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