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• O 'l t H V • » v * ) » » * 1 •«••»* ffpWWW\ft'»IW\.\-«\\\\1 t » ^w*>^f&Tn^f\%7!r'W\\ PAGE 16 • lakeplacidnews.com LAKE PLACID NEWS B'E-q E'M'B lift.; ;2-^ /? ,,^4^ raeeis 'iv season opener Carolyn Wynn and Elizabeth Izzo head out for the second lap of NYSEF's season opener at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Sunday, Dec. 14. PHOTO PROVIDED LAKE PLACID - The New York Ski Educational Foundation Nordic prpgram hosted 87 racers at QRDA's Mount Van Hoevenberg cross- country ski venue on Sunday, Dec. 14. Skiers were lucky to get a race in between the two warm spells in December's weather. Claiming the overall podium spots in both the men's and women's 10-kilometer freestyle event Were members from the St. Lawrence University ski team. Steve Vargo (Shaftbury, Vt), Zach Wetherall (Dalton, Mass.) and Eric Wolcott (Concord, N.H.) claimed the podium spots for the men, while teammates Caroline Carpenter (Shelburne, Vt.), Kristen Bendar (Essex Junction, Vt.) and Libby Hayden (Bend, Ore.) swept the podium for the women. NYSEF's Elizabeth Izzo was the top local competitor in the women's race finishing in fourth place. The J2 boys (14-15 years old) race was led by NYSEF's Charlie Bencze (Tupper Lake), coming across the finish line in T ' 14:18. His teammatesi Joey Izzb, (Lake Placid) and Nate. Capone' (Vermphtville) founded out the top three in 14:49 and 16:07, respectively; MaileSapp (Morrisonville) of NYSEF'won: the girls J2 (14-15 year olds) in a, time of 18:22, ijina; Izzo (Lake Placid) fin- ished in Second in 21:1i and Becky Christoffel (Clifton Park) in third in 22:26; > In the Bill Koch Kids race, Everett Sapp (NYSEF/Morrisonville), Grace McGrew (NYSEF/Lake Placid), Karl Schulz (NYSEF/Lake Placid) and Tyra Wynn (Queensbury) all took top hon- ors their respective age groups. Full results are available at nysef.org The NYSEF program coaches over 350 athletes in Alpine ski- ing, Freestyle skiing, Snowboarding and the Nordic disciplines. The athletes range in age from children to young adults. Currently, there are ath- letes from the NYSEF program on the U.S. Ski Team for alpine skiing and Nordic combined, and the US Biathlon Team. Bodine Bobsled drivers named most popular at NASCAR year-end banquets LAKE PLACID Current 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge competitors Ted Christopher and Johnny Benson were recently named the Most Popular Driver for their respective NASCAR series during recent year- end award ceremonies. Fans cast more than 253,000 votes for 258 driv- ers in the Nationwide Series, Craftsman Truck Series and each of NASCAR's six national touring series. The voting began July 7 and closed for each series as its season ended. Christopher, the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, and BensonVf\ the NASCAR CraftMS'n M /Trti6k Series Champion, were the only two champions to also be named their respective series' Most Popular Drivers. This is the second year in a row the affable Benson was named the Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver.The other six drivers voted <by fans as the Most Popular Drivers all finished outside of the final Top 10 standings in their respective divisions. Christopher is making his debut appearance in the Whelen Bodine Bobsled Challenge while Benson is looking to improve his bob- sledding skills as he compet- ed last year. The Bodine Bobsled Challenge features NASCAR and NHRA driv- Fans cast more than 253,000 votes for 258 drivers in the Nationwide Series, Craftsman Truck Series and each of NASCAR's six national touring series ers piloting specially-made bobsleds down Lake Placid's infamous track in fun races geared to raise money for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. In Race 1, all the drivers will be com- peting against the clock as they take two runs down the track. Race 2 features head- to-head racing between the NASCAR and NHRA driv- ers, with the winner from each division squaring off in the final heat for bragging rights. The NASCAR field will be lead by five-time Bodine Bobsled Champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Boris Said and includes: Todd Bodine, the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman-Truck Champion and brother of the Bodine Challenge founder Geoff Bodine; NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie driving sensation and 2007 Bodine Challenge competitor Joev Logano; 2008 NASCAR Whelen Ail-American Series champion and 2007 Bodine Bobsled participant Philip Morris; 2008 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Brian Ldftin; Daytona Rolex pole winner Eric Curran; and 19-year-old sprint car driver Tom Tolbert. The NHRA side is com- prised of: three-time Bodine Bobsled competitors and top Fuel drivers Morgan Lucas and JR Todd; and two-time Bodine Bobsled participants Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and Bob Vandergriff. Lucas' has won two silvers medals as a bobsledder. Coughlin is a four-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion, and is cur- rently the two-time defend- ing champion (2000, 2002, 2007', and 2008). He won the bronze medal as a bob- sledding rookie in his first race. Vandergriff races Top Fuel cars on the NHRA cir- cuit. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc., was started in 1992 by NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine, and has built American-made bobsleds for United States athletes competing in the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Winter Games. Monies raised from the Bodine Bobsled Challenge go directly to this project. SPEED channel will again televise four hours of the Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, on Jan. 18 at noon and Jan 25 at 2 pm MRN Radio has signed on to provide live coverage of the Bodine Bobsled Challenge all three days. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project concept paid divi- dends with gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Game, the first time that the USA Bobsled Team won Olympic medals since 1956, and scored again with silver in Torino. New sled designs are being created by Bodine and sled builder Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics in Connecticut. It will be tested during national and international competitions leading up to the next Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010. Other sponsors of the Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge include Columbia Sportswear Company, MAC Tools, Racing Electronics, PPG, Lucas Oil, JEGS Automotive, Summitt Building Solutions, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, Lincoln Electric and the National Guard. Fan packages, interactive offerings and event mer-' chandise -for the 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge may be purchased online at www.bodynbobsled.com . The television shows of the .2006, 2007 and 2008 Bodine events are also available for purchase on DVD at www.bodynbob- sled.comi Antoine golden in skeleton Intercontinental Cup LAKE PLACID - The first half of the skeleton Intercontinental Cup tour concluded Friday at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chieh, Wise), the 2008 Intercontinental Cup' champion, added a gold medal to his resume in the men's skeleton event, while Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) led the U.S. women with a sixth place fin- ish. \I definitely came into today's race wanting to win,\ said Antoine. \It's been a tough season this year because the competition has been really tight, and you don't know what to expect.\ Antoine pushed a start time of 5.20 seconds, sliding to the finish in third position after the first heat with a run of 55.21. Improving his push time by four-hundredths of a second, Antoine burst off the block in 5.16 seconds for a run of 55.21, fastest of the second heat. Antoine slid to the finish with a combined time of 1:50.37 for the gold. \I was really focused on my second run, and it was probably the most relaxed I've been this season,\ said Antoine. .\Now I want to focus on improving on the European tracks for the sec- ond half, and making myself better as a slider.\ Germany's Michi Halilovic BOBSLED'ISKELETON tied Antoine for his fourth- consecutive gold medal today with a total time of 1:50.37. Halilovic was in the lead with a first heat run of 54.96 seconds, but was caught by Antoine in the sec- ond heat after sliding a run of 55.41. \I was watching the splits when Michi was coming down the track in the second .'run, arid I knew it would be tough to surpass him,\ said Antoine. '\I saw his time come up it said he was in first, but then I ran inside to see the time board and real- ized it was a tie.\ Andy Wood from Great Britain finished with a two- run total of 1:50.41 for the bronze medal after sliding the second fastest runs in both heats, a 55.11 and 55.30. Only four-hun- dredths of a second separated the top three sleds. Caleb Smith (Lake Placid, N.Y'.J finished just outside of the medals in .fourth with a combined time of 1:50.88 after sliding runs- of 55.27 and 55.61. Fellow American slider Stokes Aitken (Salt. Lake City, Utah) finished in 11th after sliding times of 55.71 and 56.08 for a total time of 1:51.79. In the women's skeleton competition, Keslie Tomlinson (Potomac Falls, Va.) led the U.S. women with a top six finish. Tomlinson, who won her first-ever Intercontinental Cup medal in Calgary this season, finished with a total time of 1:54.62. . \It's been a long first half,\ said Tomlinson. \These next few weeks will be a much needed break to refresh. I'm looking forward to bringing the joy back into my sliding and to enjoy the second half of the tour.\ Tomlinson pushed a start ' time of 5.78 seconds for a first run time of 57.13. The 2008 U.S.' National Champion started with a 5.76 push time in the second heat for a run of 57.49 seconds \I wasn't completely happy With my start times today,\ said Tomlinson. \I was happy with where I finished aftfer.-my first run, but I knew there Mere stime improve- ments 1 could have made. I was able to make those adjustments in the second run, so I was happy.\ Amy Gough from Canada ' claimed gold with a two-run total of 1:53.16 after cross- ing the finish line in 56.34 and 56.82 seconds. Donna Creighton from Great Britain finished second for the silver medal with a total time of 1:53.36 (56.57, 56.79), while Germany's Katharina Heinz slid a bronze medal performance after sliding a combined time of 1:53.61 (56.56, 57.05). Annie O'Shea (Port Jefferson Station) finished just \0.12 seconds from Tomlinson with a combined time of 1:54.74 for seventh place after sliding runs of 57.18 and 57.56. U.S. vet- eran Rebecca Sorensen (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished tenth after crossing the final timing eye in 57.26 and 58.15 sec- onds for a two-run total of 1:55.41. ' OFFICIAL RESULTS MEN'S SKELETON 1 Michf Halilovic (GER) 1 SO 37 (54 96, 55 41), 2 Matt Antoine (USA) 1.50 37 (5516, 55 21), 3 Andy Wood (GBR) \Sbil (55 11,155 30); 4 Caleb Smith (USA) 1 50 88 (55 27, 55 61);il Stokes Aitken (USA) 1.5179(55 71,56 08) WOMEN',8 SKELETON 1 Amy Gough (CAN) 1<53 16 (56 34, 56 82), i Dortna Creighton (GBR) V53 36 (56J57 56 79), 3 Katharina Heinle (GER) 1'.53 61 (56 56, 57 05), J*,, Keslie Tomlinson (USA) 1..54 62 (57 13, 57 4»; 7 Annie O Shea (USA) 1.54 74 * (57 18 57 56),ltf Rebecca sorerisen (USA) 1 55 4f (57 26, 58 15) LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS Nester wins Big Buck contest Lake Placid Fish and Game Club held a Big Buck con- test this year and a 50/50 raffle. David Nester won the Big Buck prize with a deer weigh- ing in at 200 pounds. Peter Hunkins won the Small Buck prize.with a deer weighing in at 107 pounds. Jarrod Colby's name was drawn for the gift bag prize. The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Ryan Forkey. The club would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and the raffle. The club will have its next meeting Jan. 19, 2009 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Lake Placid Fish and Game Club House. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting so new officers can be elected. 4th Annual Holiday Hoopfest The Holiday Hoopfest features 12 matchups in the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena in the Olympic Center. Five games will be contested on Dec. 26 beginning at 1 p.m., and seven more will be held on Dec. 27 starting at 10 a.m. There will be nine girls and three boys games. All pro- ceeds will benefit the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. In four years, the event has raised $20,000 for the center. Be a Biathlete at the Olympic Complex . there will be ah in depth look at what it takes to be a biathlete Dec. 26-Jan. 3 at the Olympic Sports Complex. The sport combines freestyle skiing and rifle marks- manship. (Trail pass not included). Participants will take a freestyle ski lesson for the first hour then meet at the range to zero in their shooting skills. The cost is $33 per person for the lesson and shooting range; $15 per person for the shooting range only (2 p.m.). Advanced technique skiing clinic There will be clinics for the advanced cross country skiers Dec. 28 at the Olympic Sports Complex. These coed clinics feature expert coaching by NYSEF Nordic staff with a focus on technique drills and challenging ski workouts. The two-hour session will run from 1 -3 p.m. and costs $25 per skier. All proceeds benefit the NYSEF Nordic pro- gram. The advanced technique clinics will also be offered January 11. NYSEF Holiday Freestyle Ski Camp The NYSEF Holiday Freestyle Camp will be running Dec. 26-28 at Whiteface Mountain. This year's roster looks like an alumni reunion with current and past coach- es and athletes. Full-time NYSEF coach Justin \JP\ Perry (Northwood) leads the \new schoolers\ along with Zach Horrocks (NSA), and special guest and Salomon pro skier Mike Clarke. On the mogul side will be current coach Mike Lynn along with Nick Arnold and former US Ski Development Team member Kenna Nash. For the price of $185 skiers will get a NYSEF event shirt, lift ticket and three-days of comprehensive instruction in everything freestyle - bumps to jumps to rails. - ,, Early registration is limited to the first 20 USSA and USASA members in each discipline until open registra- tion begins on Dec. 19. Skiers must be between the ages of 10 and 14 and possess at least intermediate skiing abil- ity. For more information, visit www.nysef.org or call 946-7001. Mountaineering festival Jan 16-18 The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River have teamed up again to host the 13 th Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival in Keene Valley. The three day fest will take place Jan. 16-18, 2009. Internationally and regionally renowned mountaineers Conrad Anker, LP Menard, Janet Bergman and Jim Shimberg as well as returning local guides Chuck Boyd, Emilie Drinkwater, Jeremy Haas, Carl Heilman, Matt Horner,, Don Mellor, Jim Pitarresi and Jesse Williams will be teaching clinics on ice climbing, mixed climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and avalanche awareness on Saturday and Sunday. Clinics are now open for registra- tion: visit www.mountaineer.com for the Mountaineer's online brochure. The Mountainfest has been a big success and is now rec- ognized nationally. All profits from this year's event will be donated to worthy local causes. We are excited about providing our customers and friends with this unique edu- cational-adventure again in 2009. We want to keep the event small and will only accept advance reservations for clinics; slide show's at Keerie Central School and demo gear at Rock and River do not require registration. The Mountaineer is also hosting the Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival on March 7th and 8th. For fur- ther details andto register go to www.rhquntaineer.com . - Send your sports' information to: News@LakePlacidNews.com V

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