BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Athletes we’re following for Sochi

Here at 54 Broadway, we’re deep in preparations to send two reporters to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February. There are a whole bunch of details to arrange, from hotel deposits to cellphone packages, but our main focus is the same as that of the people in the woods of Dewey Mountain, on the slopes of Whiteface and beside the curves of Mount Van Hoevenberg – the athletes.

Naturally, the ones we’re most interested in are our locals: those who were born here, raised here and/or live here as their primary residence. Four of those who have clinched Olympic berths, and four others will find out sometime in the next month.

One of the reporters we’re sending to Sochi, Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight, will devote all his attention to these Adirondack Olympians.

We’re also following a couple dozen more Olympic hopefuls from all over New York. That’s because our senior sports writer, Lou Reuter, will cover all the state’s Olympians for the newspapers of the New York Press Association. He’ll cover our locals as well.

Who are those competitors? Well, here are the ones we know about. We’re confident about the current accuracy of the local list, while the statewide one is more of a work in progress.

Adirondacks

LUGE

Chris Mazdzer, Saranac Lake (clinched)

BIATHLON

*Men:

Tim Burke, Paul Smiths, Lake Placid (clinched)

Lowell Bailey, Lake Placid (clinched)

*Women:

Annelies Cook, Saranac Lake (clinched)

NORDIC COMBINED

Bill Demong, Vermontville

ALPINE SKIING

Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid

SKI JUMPING

*Men:

Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake

*Women:

Nina Lussi, Lake Placid

Lake Placid is also home of the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams, so all those athletes live in Lake Placid for much of the year while training, as do some athletes in other sports. Plus, many coaches live here full-time. Most of USA Luge’s leadership lives in Lake Placid, and U.S. skeleton head coach Tuffy Latour lives in Saranac Lake.

We’ll also do our best to give you coverage of local people in Sochi for the games, such as athletes’ families and people working or volunteering at the event. Several times at the 2010 games our reporters were able to watch a race with local Olympians’ families in the audience and tell you the story from their exciting perspective. We’ll try to do some of that again.

New York

from outside the Adirondacks

Keep in mind that the hometowns listed here are official ones according to the U.S. Olympic Committee; it doesn’t necessarily mean each athlete lives there now.

LUGE

*Women’s:

Erin Hamlin, Remsen (clinched)

*Men’s:

Aidan Kelly, West Islip (clinched)

*Doubles:

Matt Mortensen, Huntington Station (clinched)

SKELETON

*Men:

John Daly, Smithtown (SUNY Plattsburgh graduate)

Tom Santagato, Astoria

*Women:

Annie O’Shea, Port Jefferson Station

SPEED SKATING, LONG TRACK

*Men:

Trevor Marsicano, Ballston Spa

*Women:

Petra Acker, Clifton Park

FREESTYLE SKI MOGULS

*Men:

Dylan Walczyk, Rochester

*Women:

Brittany Loweree, Point Lookout

FREESTYLE SKI AERIALS

*Men:

Jonathon Lillis, Rochester

Alex Bowen, Springville

SKI JUMPING

*Men:

Anders Johnson, born in Plattsburgh

CURLING

*Women:

Mackenzie Lank, Lewiston

HOCKEY

*Women:

Josephine Pucci, Pearl River

*Men:

Jimmy Howard, Syracuse, Ogdensburg (plays for Detroit Red Wings)

Zach Bogosian, Massena (plays for Winnipeg Jets)

Kevin Shattenkirk, New Rochelle (plays for St. Louis Blues)

Dustin Brown, Ithaca

Ryan Callahan, Rochester

Patrick Kane, Buffalo

Kyle Palmieri, Smithtown

Ryan Miller, plays for Buffalo Sabres

Kyle Okposo, plays for New York Islanders

Derek Steppan, plays for New York Rangers

Ryan McDonagh, plays for New York Rangers