Wednesday, June 30, 2021

New facilities unveiled at Olympic Day celebration

Olympic DayPaul Smith’s College is an Official Sport and Education Training Center for US Biathlon and USA Nordic. The relationships have produced over 20 new enrollees in those sports at the college this fall. These student/athletes will be able to train on the Nordic trails virtually outside their dormitories.

This photo was taken at Mount Van Hoevenberg’s new refrigerated indoor push track for bobsled and skeleton, and was one of the many new facilities that were unveiled during ORDA’s Olympic Day celebration in Lake Placid on Thursday, June 24. Other highlights included the new refrigerated start facility at USA Luge and a new biathlon range.

Local leaders and dignitaries were in attendance for the day-long festivities, including USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy, ORDA Board Chair Kelly Cummings, ORDA CEO Mike Pratt and Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin. From the Olympic front, Ivo Ferriani, President of the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation as well as President of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations, was on site.

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From the left: U.S. Biathlon CEO Max Cobb, Paul Smith’s College Interim President Jon Strauss and CEO of USA Nordic and Olympic gold and silver medalist Bill Demong, of Vermontville, pose during ORDA’s Olympic Day celebration in Lake Placid on Thursday, June 24.

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