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Lake Placid celebrates XXIII Winter Olympics with events

February 9, 2018
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID -?Home to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid remains an active hub for the Olympics through hosting World Cup events and training Olympic athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Lake?Placid is celebrating its long Olympic history throughout February.

Visitors will be able to watch the Olympic competitions daily on the large Jumbotron located on Main Street, next to the Olympic Center.

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The 1980 Winter Olympic cauldron in Lake Placid was re-lit in February 2014 in time for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was be re-lit again Friday, Feb. 9 for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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Friday, Feb. 9

The cauldron used in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games will be re-lit after a torch run from the Olympic ski jumps to the Lake Placid Show Grounds. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Torch runners will bring the flame to the viewing platform, and the torch will be presented to the family of the Rev. J. Bernard Fell - president of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee - and his original speech welcoming the world to Lake Placid will be replayed.


Feb. 17-18

Lake Placid will host the Freestyle and Biathlon Nor-Ams on Saturday and Sunday. The event is used to qualify skiers to start in Nor-Am competitions and possible starts in U.S. World Cups.


Thursday, Feb. 22

Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid and the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid with assistance from the Adirondack Film Society will be sponsoring two free public screenings of Walt Disney's movie "Miracle" with two showings, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This is a first come first serve screening.

This event is to recognize the achievements of the 1980 hockey team who brought so much pride to the community and country. The film "Miracle" is about the underdog U.S. hockey team's triumphant victory over the heavily favored Soviet team in the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, starring Kurt Russell as Coach Herb Brooks.


Saturday, Feb. 24

A Team USA event, Winterfest will include meet and greets with Olympians such as ice dancers Meryl David and Charlie White, 1980 Olympic gold medalist Jim Craig (goalie for the Miracle on Ice hockey team), freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom, bobsledder Vonetta Flowers, and Olympic speedskater Eric Heiden, who won five gold medals in Lake Placid in 1980. The meet and greets will take place during the Winterfest activities at the Oval from 1 to 5 p.m.

Winterfest continues during the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with sports demos at the Olympic Jumping Complex and a free concert by the band Third Eye Blind starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.



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