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    Steve Podborski’s greatest victory: bronze in the downhill at Lake Placid in 1980!


    A member of Canada’s legendary “Crazy Canucks”, Steve Podborski was one of the best downhill skiers in the world at the start of the 1980s. But there was no greater moment than his third place at the ...

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    Winter Games helped Lake Placid become a “world-class” resort


    Having twice hosted the Olympic Winter Games – in 1932 and 1980 – the small upstate New York village of Lake Placid has witnessed first-hand the numerous benefits that can be gained from becoming an O...

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    Lake Placid enjoys long and continued Olympic legacies


    The small upstate New York village of Lake Placid has enjoyed a long Olympic tradition thanks to the two editions of the Olympic Winter Games it has hosted, which came 48 years apart, in 1932 and 1980...

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    Vera Zozulya - Luge


    Latvian-born Soviet luger Vera Zozulya entered the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games as the clear second favourite for gold behind the reigning world and European champion Melitta Sollmann of East German...

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    Hans Rinn & Norbert Hahn - Luge


    East Germany had emerged as the dominant force in the luge and bobsleigh at the Sapporo Games in 1972 – and the peak of that domination arguably came four years later at Innsbruck, where the country...

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    Ulrich Wehling - Nordic combined


    Ulrich Wehling raced and leapt his way into the history books at Lake Placid by becoming the only competitor ever to win three consecutive gold medals in the Nordic Combined competition. At the 1980 G...

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    USA ice hockey team


    Between 1952 and 1992 the Soviet ice hockey team enjoyed a near monopoly on Olympic success. The only nation to break its grip on the competition was its then Cold War rival, the USA – which most nota...

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    Irina Rodnina - Figure skating


    Irina Rodnina is the most successful pairs skater in sporting history, amassing a haul of 10 consecutive World Championship titles, 11 European Championships and three Olympic gold medals between 1972...

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    Thomas Wassberg - Cross country skiing


    As well as winning four gold medals at two editions of the Olympic Winter Games, Swedish cross-country skier Thomas Wassberg left the Games and his sport with a long-lasting legacy. After winning the...

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    Nikolay Zimyatov - Cross country skiing


    Russian cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov won the first gold medal of the 1980 Games in Lake Placid – and by the end of the contest he would record another two triumphs, enough to earn him the titl...


Watch the best photos of Lake Placid 1980

  • Eric Heiden (USA)

    Ice skate worn by Eric Heiden at the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid

    ©IOC / Athlete's parents'collection

  • Eric Heiden (USA)

    Eric Heiden competing at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid

    ©Getty Tony Duffy

  • Olympic cauldron (Lake Placid 1980)

    The Olympic flame during the Winter Games in Lake Placid


  • Lighting the Flame (Lake Placid 1980)

    An actress, dressed as a priestess of Hera, lights the Olympic flame for the Games in Lake Placid in the ancient sanctuary of Olympia (Greece)


  • Joseph Benz (SUI)

    Joseph Benz (second from right) with the Swiss team for the four-man bobsleigh event at the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid


  • Winner's medal Lake Placid 1980

    The reverse of this medal features several elements: a hand holds a lighted torch against a background of mountains. This is accompanied by the Olympic rings and the inscription “XIII Olympic Winter Games”