Hansen, Greubel added to local Olympian parades
Luger Kate Hansen is the 12th Olympian confirmed for Lake Placid’s welcome-home parade Sunday, and bronze-medal-winning bobsled driver Jamie Greubel is the sixth for Saranac Lake’s Wednesday, March 26.
Jon Lundin, spokesman for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, confirmed the news.
Hansen grew up in California but lives in Lake Placid while training. February’s Sochi games were her first Olympics. She finished 10th and gained some noteriety, partly for a warm-up dance routine prompted by a broken foot, and partly for participating with the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” television show in a hoax about a wolf loose in an athletes’ dorm.
Greubel originally hails from Pennsylvania, ran track at Cornell University and now lives in Lake Placid. With the help of push athlete Aja Evans, she drove the women’s USA-1 bobsled to third place in these, their first Olympics.
Lake Placid’s parade will start at 6 p.m. and concludes at the Cottage Cafe with speeches and fireworks over Mirror Lake.
Saranac Lake’s parade will start at 3:15 p.m. and conclude at the Harrietstown Town Hall, where Olympians will be available for autographs and photos.
The other Olympians in the parades include seven who grew up in the Tri-Lakes area – two of them in the Lake Placid parade and five in the Saranac Lake one – as well as many who live in the Lake Placid area while training. No Olympian is expected to be in both parades.