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Lake Placid sends a dozen to Vancouver Olympics

Freestyle Skiing-Aerials:

•Ashley Caldwell (Lake Placid, N.Y.) is only 16-years-old and is making her first U.S. Olympic freestyle team. This year, Caldwell finished a career-best 10th in a World Cup event held in Deer Valley, Utah.

Luge:

•Mark Grimmette (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Brian Martin (Lake Placid, N.Y.), are looking forward to their fourth Olympics together. The two have won a pair of Olympic medals, bronze in 1998 and silver in 2002. They are also USA Luge's all-time leaders in international medals won. This is Grimmette's fifth Olympics and Martin's fourth.

•Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), is making his Olympic debut in Vancouver. Mazdzer is five-time Junior World Cup medalist and three-time U.S. junior national champion.

•Bengt Walden (Lake Placid, N.Y.), is looking forward to his second Olympic Winter Games. In 2002, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Walden slid for team Sweden. He is the reigning U.S. men's national champion.

Nordic Combined:

•Bill Demong (Vermontville, N.Y.) is eying his fourth Olympics after having competed in Torino (2006), Salt Lake City (2002) and Nagano, Japan (1998). Demong is a reigning 2009 World champion.

Ski Jumping:

•Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) will make the jumping from competing on the Continental Cup tour to the Olympic Winter Games. The 17-year-old grabbed a spot on the U.S. Olympic squad with a top-20 Continental Cup finish in Sapporo, Japan earlier this month.

Many local and area athletes have their sights set on competing in Olympic games someday. The road to the games is not only physically challenging, but monetarily challenging, as well. The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) would like to remind state taxpayers that they can aid our Olympians in attaining their goals in two ways. One may utilize the tax check-off located on line 54 of the New York State income tax return, as well as, purchase license plates featuring the distinctive Olympic rings that proclaim "Olympic Spirit" and "USA".

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