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February 14, 2014

Olympic Journal: Feb. 14

Feb. 14, 2014

Olympic athletes, families and friends who are from the North Country are sharing with Press-Republican readers their thoughts on the Sochi Games:

The bronze-medal luge win by Erin Hamlin, who lives in Lake Placid, marked a new place in Olympic records.

From USA Luge Marketing Director Gordy Sheer of Lake Placid:

“Erin Hamlin, thank you and congrats …Your focus, strength and calm demeanor over the past two days gave you a place in Olympic history as the first non-European singles racer to win an Olympic medal. You did USA Luge (and the entire nation) proud!”


From Therese Blanton, aunt of Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frenette:

“(Proctor & Gamble House in Adler, Russia) Our home away from home when we are in the Park. Food, beverages, bathrooms, swag, salon, live streaming of lots of events and alot of Americans. Heading down to the Today Show.”


From doubles luger Jayson Terdiman of Lake Placid, with a picture of his luge suit laid out on his bed:

“Geared up and ready to realize my dream of racing in the Olympic Games! 6th off the handles tonight. I just want to thank everyone for all your support throughout this long journey. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you! Looking forward to fully enjoying this experience.”


From Kathryn Maloney Terdiman, mother of doubles luger Jayson Terdiman:

“As I wait in line three hours before the race begins, I am reflecting on the many individuals and businesses that have showered Jayson with love and support the last 12 years: Thank you, thank you, thank you. To my son: No matter the outcome of today’s race, you are champion in your mother’s eyes. I love you.”


From U.S. Ski Team aerialist Ashley Caldwell of Lake Placid, via Twitter:

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