Olympic dreams fulfilled

Above: Annelies Cook takes a moment to reflect at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Adirondack Foundation supports athletes, news coverage at Winter Games

Like many people across the Adirondack region, our trustees, Advisory Council members and staff kept a close eye on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia - the Adirondack region sent nearly a dozen athletes, after all.

But we also watched because of our ties to four people - three athletes and one reporter - who traveled to Sochi in 2014.

Three 2014 Olympians received support from the Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund (USIF) at Adirondack Foundation: biathlete Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake, bobsledder Jamie Greubel of Lake Placid, and ski jumper Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake. Additionally, Adirondack Daily Enterprise Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight's trip was funded with a grant from the Charles B. Decker Memorial Scholarship Fund at Adirondack Foundation.

"Competing on the world's stage is no easy feat," says Cali Brooks, Adirondack Foundation's executive director. "It takes physical and mental strength, but it also requries community and financial support . We're proud to have helped these athletes realize their Olympic dreams. Likewise, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News couldn't afford to send a reporter to cover local athletes without outside help, so we were happy to facilitate the grant that paid the way for Chris Knight."

Several former UISFrecipients competed at this year's games, including Billy Demong, Nordic combined; Tim Burke, biathlon; Lowell Bailey, biathlon; and Chris Mazdzer, luge.

"I'm so grateful to receive this award this year. This community really understands what it takes to make our dreams become a reality." - Jamie Greubel Olympic Bronze Medalist, Bobsled

"It was an amazing experience, both personally and professionally, to travel to Sochi and cover our local athletes at the Winter Olympics. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd get the opportunity to stand in the middle of the Olympic biathlon stadium, or alongside the Olympic ski jumps, to take photographs of and report on people from my hometown competing in the Olympics. The venues were incredible, the setting was absolutely beautiful, and the people I met were incredibly friendly and helpful. More importantly, the Enterprise was able to provide our readers with covereage of these athletes with a local touch that we wouldn't have been able to provide if we weren't there in person. None of this would have happened without the generosity and support of the Charles Decker Memorial Scholarship Fund, Adirondack Foundation, the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation and the Enterprise." - Chris Knight, Senior Staff Writer, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

"I was honored to be given the Uihlein-Ironman grant this year because it gives me an opportunity to compete on a more level playing field. I'm competing against other athletes who have much larger financial resources at their disposal - finding a way to fund their careers is not necessarily something they even have to worry about. This support let me focus on my job and do the training I needed to compete. It also was one of the many ways that I felt the support of the community behind me." - Annelies Cook, Biathlon

Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid Donation