LAKE PLACID - There has never been an Olympic Winter Games in which at least one Lake Placid area athletes hasn't competed. As a mater a fact, the very first winter Olympic medal ever awarded, gold, was to Lake Placid native and speedskater Charles Jewtraw, during the 1924 games in Chamonix, France. This February, there will be a dozen area athletes competing in Vancouver/Whistler, Canada for American pride and Lake Placid legacy, all of whom honed their skills on the Lake Placid Olympic venues.
•Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will be a first-time Olympian in Vancouver, Canada. Weibrecht's career-highlights include a 2008 10th place World Cup downhill finish in Beaver Creek, Colo.
•Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will be heading off to Vancouver to compete in his second Olympic Winter Games. Bailey also raced in the 2006 winter games in Torino, Italy, where he helped lead the U.S. team to a ninth place finish in the relay competition.
•Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) is also on his way to his second Olympics. Burke, who competed four years ago in Torino, made history earlier this season, becoming the
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first American to claim the World Cup biathlon's Yellow Bib, as its overall series leader.
•Haley Johnson (Lake Placid, N.Y.), is looking forward to her first Olympic Winter Games. Haley enjoyed a strong performance last season at the world championships, held in Pyeong Chang, Korea, where she helped anchor the U.S. women's squad to a 10th place finish in the relay event.
•John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) is eying his first Olympic Winter Games after winning a two-man World Cup gold medal on his home track in Lake Placid, N.Y., this season. Napier also won two, four-man World Cup medals in 2009-10, silver in Lake Placid and bronze in Koenigssee, Germany.