Local NY Olympians Feted With Parade

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    Bill Demong of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the Nordic Combined Individual LH/10 km on day 14 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

    Local New York Olympians who competed in the Vancouver Winter Olympics were welcomed home with a parade Friday in Saranac Lake.

            The event featured eight athletes led by Nordic combined star Bill Demong of Vermontville, who won the first gold medal for the United States in the sport.
           
    Also feted were 16-year-old freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell of Lake Placid, 17-year-old ski jumper Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake, lugers Mark Grimmette of Lake Placid and Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, and biathletes Tim Burke, of Paul Smiths, Lowell Bailey and Haley Johnson of Lake Placid.
           
    Alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht was welcomed home with a parade last week down Main Street in his hometown Lake Placid. Weibrecht won bronze in super-G at Whistler.