As a lead up to the upcoming Olympic games in Beijing, View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, will hold an Olympian Roundtable Discussion with Erin Hamlin, Robert Esche and Hank Kashiwa at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 29. This event is free and open to the public.
Following the roundtable discussion, View staff welcomes everyone to the Opening Reception for the art exhibits Winter in Action, The Winter 46, Lawrence Van Alstyne’s Olympic Poster Series, and Take the Scenic Route: A Journey Through America’s National Parks from 4 to 7 p.m. The Opening Reception is open to the public and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music featuring John Kelsey. To help celebrate the events, View will offer free admission all day to its galleries.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games, Olympic gold medalist speed skater Dan Jansen is set to give an inspirational talk, “Perseverance and Perspective” on Saturday, February 22nd, at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.» Continue Reading.
The 1980 U.S. Olympic figure skating team dazzled the crowd and competition judges en route to Charles Tickner’s bronze medal in men’s figure skating and Linda Fratianne’s Olympic women’s singles silver medal.
A 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Figure Skating Reunion Gala has been set for Tuesday, February 18th at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. » Continue Reading.
Forty years ago, Lake Placid lit the Cauldron, signifying the beginning of the XIII Olympic Winter Games. The 1980 Winter Games have long been remembered for the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team’s improbable win over the Russians, known as the “Miracle on Ice,” speed skater Eric Heiden’s five gold medals, in World or Olympic record time; and the United States figure skating team, dubbed the “Dream Team.” » Continue Reading.
The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, located in the Olympic Center, is set to open a new exhibit, Totally 80, on Thursday, February 13th, and Roni Raccoon’s 40th birthday. The exhibit will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games and explore how the logo and its graphics created an overall feel and identity for the Lake Placid Olympics. » Continue Reading.
Lake Placid is one of only three cities world-wide to have hosted two Olympic Winter Games, 1932 and 1980. Since then, it has played host to annual World Cup events and other large-scale sporting competitions.
The community is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games from February 13-23.
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), has announced its 2020 Cabin Fever Sunday Series, set to begin on Sunday, January 12 at 1:30 pm. Programs are free for museum members and $5 for the general public.
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are held in the ADKX Auditorium and are subject to change due to weather. » Continue Reading.
The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is set to open a new exhibit, Foretelling the Future – The National Weather Service at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, on December 18th for the winter season.
In 1980, there was a small team of meteorologists working to give accurate and timely weather warnings and forecasts to ensure a safe and successful Olympic Winter Games for Lake Placid. The new exhibit will take a look at how the National Weather Service Olympic Support Unit’s weather forecasts and warnings impacted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. » Continue Reading.
Forty years ago this February, the Adirondack village of Lake Placid hosted the 13th Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team’s improbable win over the Russians, known as the “Miracle on Ice,” along with speed skater Eric Heiden’s five gold medals, helped make the 1980 Lake Placid Games one with an enduring legacy.
From February 14 – 23, the two-time Olympic village (the first winter games to be hosted outside of Europe took place in Lake Placid in 1932) is set to host a full slate of activities. » Continue Reading.
There are more than three million acres of Forest Preserve in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks today. Yet, the most consequential New York State Court decision restricting the ways we can develop and use the “forever wild” Preserve was all about a few acres of land below Mt. Van Hoevenberg, close to Lake Placid.
There, in 1929, the state planned a “bobsleigh run or slide on state lands in the forest preserve.” About 2500 trees would need cutting to create the bobsled course for the 1932 Olympics. The lower court, the Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled that this activity was unconstitutional on grounds that this was wild forest and therefore must be preserved in its wild state, stating that “we must preserve it in its wild nature, its trees, its rocks, its streams. It must always retain the character of a wilderness.” » Continue Reading.
Fifteen of the 19 remaining 1980 USA Hockey Team players will be back in Lake Placid, Sunday through Wednesday, March 25-28, to participate in the fourth annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp.
Sixty-five attendees will enjoy lodging at the High Peaks Resort, tournament games, a bobsled ride, home and away replica 1980 USA Hockey game jerseys, a highlight video and “inside” stories from each of the 1980 USA Hockey players as they remember their Olympic experiences 38 years ago. » Continue Reading.
Eight 2018 Olympians will participate in Wednesday’s Saranac Lake Parade of Olympians in honor of the region’s Olympic heritage (March 21, 5:30 pm) along with several coaches, support staff and many past Olympians. The parade will be led by Saranac Lake’s own Chris Mazdzer, the United States’ first-ever men’s singles Olympic luge medalist.
Local youth groups including downhill and cross-country ski groups, figure skating, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Saranac Lake Marching Band and Ensembles and both the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Fire Departments are also participating.
The village of Lake Placid will be celebrating its long Olympic history throughout the month of February with Olympic themed food and drink specials, village decorations, and a Jumbotron on near the Olympic Center showing Olympic competitions daily. » Continue Reading.
Long before the 2015 escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat, the word Dannemora instantly conjured images of the prison. While the high wall dominates the landscape, the village does have other historical connections, some of them in the world of sports, including one through the person of John “Jack” Lagree. Jack was a native of Churubusco, a tiny hamlet in northwestern Clinton County.
Blessed with engineering talent, mechanical skill, and a strong, traditional, North Country work ethic, he rose to national prominence in the world of bobsleigh competition (referred to hereafter by the more popular term, bobsled). » Continue Reading.
Meet past and future winter Olympians Thursday afternoons this summer at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. The Meet an Olympian program is a unique opportunity for visitors to speak with several regional Olympians about their journey to the Games and learn more about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete.
The program kicks-off Thursday, July 6, from 3 to 5 pm with ski jumper Tara Geraghty-Moats, who is looking to compete in February’s Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Two-time Olympic alpine Super-G medalist Andrew Weibrecht follows her, on July 13. Weibrecht returns to the Museum, July 27, with alpine Olympic hopeful Cecily Decker. » Continue Reading.
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