Paul Smith’s College, working in conjunction with USA Nordic and US Biathlon, is in the position to have its new five-kilometer Nordic Trail network approved by the International Ski Federation FIS and the International Biathlon Union IBU for elite level racing.
Once the project is completed, Paul Smith’s will be the sole collegiate facility in the US with sanctioned trails for Nordic Skiing and a biathlon range on campus. This will set Paul Smith’s College on route towards its goal of becoming the top Nordic and biathlon school in the country.
19-year-old Garrett Beckrich from Grand Rapids, Minn., member of USBA’s Junior National Team and Top Biathlete has enrolled in Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. Beckrich is a member of the USBA’s Junior National Team and has been participating in biathlon since 2017. He has competed in three Youth/Junior world championships.
Beckrich intends to pursue a degree in biology, and to keep up with his training at Paul Smith’s in the hopes of traveling overseas to compete in races without too much academic interference.
Tim Burke, four-time Olympian from Paul Smith’s, and Director of Athlete Development for the US Biathlon had this to say about Beckrich’s enrollment in the college: “Garrett has always been known for his hard work. I look forward to seeing this pay off both on the field of play and in the classroom.”
The recent cold snap made plenty of ice around the Adirondacks and there is no better place to lace up the skates than at the annual CanAm Pond Hockey tournament in Lake Placid, with its more than 20 rinks cleared across Mirror Lake.
A pond hockey game brings back the simplicity of the winter sport and no better place resonates with fans of the game like the hometown of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. The CanAm Hockey Tournament celebrates the spirit of hockey this weekend January 25-27, 2019 with age divisions as well as women’s open and co-ed open divisions.
This annual pond hockey tournament is only open to adults, but spectators of all ages can have fun watching the games. With the addition of a plowed skating loop, spectators can walk or skate around the rinks to see the action up close and personal.
Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF), established to foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles, has announced they are now accepting online grant applications from local athletes and nonprofit organizations.
Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund focuses on the greater Tri-Lakes and Olympic regions and has two main goals for supporting athletes. One is to provide support to local nonprofit organizations that promote athleticism and engage area youth in traditional summer and winter sports, thus fostering the next generation of competitive athletes. The second goal is to provide financial support for competitive, local, young athletes with regional, national and international promise in traditional winter and summer sports. Preference is given to athletes with the most promise and greatest financial need. » Continue Reading.
This appears to be the easiest North Country riddle ever, but humor me and give it a try anyway. What is very tall, very hairy, probably didn’t smell very good, and set tongues wagging when it was seen in the northern Adirondacks several times in early 1933? Just to be safe, take a moment and think about it. Hey, you never know — it could be a trick question. But if you’re still stumped or not certain of your answer, here’s another clue that might prove the clincher: it was known for having very large (OK … BIG) feet.
If you answered anything other than Gil Reichert, you’ve been successfully misled. No apologies here, though, for the description above fits both Reichert and your likely choice (Bigfoot) to a T. » Continue Reading.
The 2018 Empire State Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 1-4, is expected to be the largest multi-sport destination festival in the Northeast. The Empire State Games are expected to draw 2,500 athletes. New events, such as a torch relay from New York City, and a central village that will host athlete and spectator sports, family activities, an athlete lounge, food, and live music and media coverage are planned.
ROOST is looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this event and help ensure this sports festival is a success. » Continue Reading.
The Lake Placid Curling Club has invited the public to learn the basics of the curling through a new stepping stones program beginning October 22.
The program consists of four sessions, held on consecutive Sunday afternoons from 3 to 6 pm. It will cover the history and etiquette, tradition of the game as well as rules and on-ice training. Upon completion of the program, participants are invited to become members at a reduced introductory rate and participate in the club’s regular Sunday league play. There is a fee of $80 for the program. » Continue Reading.
An Olympic gold medalist, a top NCAA basketball official and the members of four national championship teams are among more than 130 people who will be inducted into North Country Community College’s new Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, September 22 at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake.
The ceremony, part of the continuing celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, kicks off a weekend of festivities including men’s and women’s soccer games, alumni soccer games, a cocktail reception and the unveiling of an athletic Wall of Fame on the college’s Saranac Lake campus. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) is accepting grant applications from individuals and organizations for 2017.
UISF supports nonprofits and community organizations that foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles for local kids. The fund also supports local athletes’ achievements, with a new emphasis on those who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. » Continue Reading.
The 2016 Summer Olympics have ended, and as usual, they were quite the spectacle. Folks in the Adirondacks and North Country are perhaps bigger fans of the Winter Olympics, for obvious reasons: the games have been held twice at Lake Placid, and a number of area natives have attained lifelong dreams by earning a place on the podium. But a man born in this region achieved summer Olympic glory long ago, one of many highlights in a very accomplished life.
Karl Telford Frederick was born in 1881 in Chateaugay (northern Franklin County), where his father was a Presbyterian minister, which required a somewhat nomadic existence (five relocations in 14 years). Before Karl was three, the family moved to Essex on Lake Champlain, remaining there until 1888—not a long time, but sufficient to establish a lasting connection between him and the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
In 1903, after winning a national championship with the Michigan Wolverines college football team during the previous season, Fort Covington native Big Bill Palmer was working in Chester, Massachusetts. In subsequent years, homesickness, financial issues, and the supposed need to care for his ill mother were reasons cited by reporters seeking to explain his decision to leave the University of Michigan. The real issue, however, was his status as an amateur athlete. At the time, colleges were cracking down on the use of athletes who were considered professionals, and after winning the national title, Michigan discovered that Palmer, unbeknownst to them, had been paid to play football for Watertown in 1901. By the rules, any type of payment for play changed an athlete’s status from amateur to professional, so Michigan was unable to allow his return to the roster in 1903. » Continue Reading.
Largely forgotten due to the passage of time, Fort Covington native William “Big Bill” Palmer is one of the most successful athletes ever born in the North Country. And yet the period during which he reached remarkable heights at two levels of the same sport lasted just over two years. Even more surprising is that he played on a team still recognized today as legendary in the world of college athletics.
Born in 1875 to William and Catherine Palmer on a Fort Covington farm in northern Franklin County, New York, Bill displayed unusual athletic ability at a young age. At fairs, Fourth of July celebrations, and Field Days, his name was always prominent among those participating in sporting events. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (UISF) is accepting grant applications from individuals and organizations for 2016.
UISF supports nonprofits and community organizations that foster and promote life-long sports and healthy lifestyles for local kids. The fund also helps local athletes achieve their sports dreams. » Continue Reading.
The Annual Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships took place in late June at the Olympic Center, bringing approximately 400 skaters from six countries to Lake Placid. The competition took place in the 1932 and 1980 arenas and was open to the public for a small admission fee, allowing visitors the opportunity to watch the figure skating events live.
This year, there were six countries represented in the competition as a whole, several of which were in the Senior Ladies category alone. » Continue Reading.
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