Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lake Placid Figure Skating: A History

Figure skating has always had an important home in Lake Placid. Early on, the Sno Birds popularized this summer retreat, and Melville and Godfrey Dewey help win the campaign for the 1932 Winter Olympics. The Skating Club of Lake Placid was formed, and after 1932, famous skaters trained there with legendary coach Gus Lussi.

When Lake Placid again hosted the Olympics in 1980, skating dominated, with state-of-the-art facilities that have continued to be used by stars like Dorothy Hamill and Sarah Hughes, and helped give rise to Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice. For more than one hundred years, the Lake Placid community has worked together to support figure skating and skaters in this quiet Adirondack village. Local winter sports writer Christie Sausa tells this history in Lake Placid Figure Skating: A History (History Press, 2012).

Christie Sausa is a twenty-two-year-old figure skater, speed skater, student, social entrepreneur and writer. Her career started with Lake Placid Skater, a blog she founded in 2007 that is considered the go-to site for skating-related news from Lake Placid. In addition, she is the skating correspondent for the Lake Placid News and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the winter sports correspondent for the Adirondack Almanack and the Lake Placid correspondent for the Free George. Christie has also contributed to Adirondack Sports and Fitness newspaper and Skating Magazine. She is an official for U.S. Figure Skating. Christie lives in Lake Placid, New York.

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