Two-time Olympic skeleton racer Bernotas retires

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Photo Credit: Associated Press

Photo Credit: Associated Press

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Two-time U.S. Olympian Eric Bernotas has retired from skeleton, ending a 10-year racing career.

Bernotas found the sport by accident in 2001, getting lost on a drive through the Adirondacks and ending up at the Olympic Sliding Complex near Lake Placid. He became a full-time slider shortly afterward.

He retires with 12 World Cup medals, a silver medal from the 2007 world championships, four U.S. national crowns and Olympic appearances in 2006 and 2010.

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced his retirement Saturday.


Hamlin, Mazdzer win national titles in Lake Placid

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer won their second straight national luge championship titles.

Hamlin had the fastest times of 44.883 and 44.698 seconds for a combined 1 minute, 29.581 seconds over the three-quarters of a mile track in Lake Placid, N.Y. Emily Sweeney followed 0.24 seconds behind, and Ashley Walden was third.

Mazdzer had times of 53.018 and 53.273 for a combined finish of 1:46.291. Robby Huerbin was second in 1:46.533. Taylor Morris, returning from an early season hand injury, was third.

The doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall won the gold medal in a combined time of 1:29.567.