Eight 2018 Olympians will participate in Wednesday’s Saranac Lake Parade of Olympians in honor of the region’s Olympic heritage (March 21, 5:30 pm) along with several coaches, support staff and many past Olympians. The parade will be led by Saranac Lake’s own Chris Mazdzer, the United States’ first-ever men’s singles Olympic luge medalist.
Local youth groups including downhill and cross-country ski groups, figure skating, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Saranac Lake Marching Band and Ensembles and both the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Fire Departments are also participating.
The 2018 Winter Olympians who plan to attend include:
Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.), a 2018 Olympian and 2010 NorAM Cup overall champion
Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.), a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist in men’s Super-G
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), a four-time Olympian and 2017 World champion
Tim Burke (Lake Placid, N.Y.), a four-time Olympian and 2013 World Championship silver medalist
Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), 2018 Olympian and member of the U.S. World Cup biathlon team since 2015
Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), a three-time Olympian (2010, 2014, 2018) and 2017-’18 World Cup silver medalist
Jamie Greubel-Poser (Lake Placid, N.Y.), a two-time Olympian (2014, 2018) and 2014 women’s bobsled Olympic bronze medalist
Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), a three-time Olympian & 2018 men’s singles luge Olympic silver medalist
The parade begins at 5:30 p.m, Wednesday at the Hotel Saranac, Main St., and finishes at the Harrietstown Town Hall, where the athletes will participate in a cauldron lighting ceremony, an induction ceremony into Saranac Lake’s Walk of Fame, a recognition celebration and meet and greet with the Olympic athletes
Photo: Jack Shea of Lake Placid with one of the two gold medals he won for speed skating at the 1932 Olympics held in his hometown.