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Jimmy Shea should be in Lake Placid Hall of Fame

January 4, 2019
Lake Placid News

(The following is an open letter to Patrick Barrett, chairman of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors.)

Dear Mr. Barrett:

Since the early 1960s, we have been visitors to the Lake Placid area participating and being spectators to many, many sporting events. Late this past summer we had the privilege of visiting the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. It was very, very informative and inspirational and we want to thank you for providing this venue.

I must admit though that we were appalled that your Hall of Fame seemed to be missing one of the greatest athletes from Lake Placid - the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics gold medalist in the skeleton, Jimmy Shea. It would seem to us that any gold medalist from your community would be automatically inducted into your Hall of Fame. His victory in Salt Lake City was just the culmination of an incredible international career. Further research on the internet divulged that the Shea family is the only Olympic family to have three lineal generations of Olympians. In addition two of them won gold medals and Jack even got two himself.

When visiting the Hall of Fame, we noticed that there were 130 individuals as well as two Olympic hockey teams that had been inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. Why has Olympic champion, Jimmy Shea, been slighted? I would think the Shea family would have their own little section where all three are honored.

We would appreciate it if you would let us know if this was just an inadvertent admission or what? We look forward to your prompt reply.

Sincerely yours,

Harry Brown and Gretchen Hurlburt

Stewartstown, New Hampshire



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