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    Lake Placid 1932

    The work: “III Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid 1932: official report” provides a very full report on the organisation and running of the Olympic Games and a detailed history of the pioneering role of Lake Placid in the development of winter sport. It consists of one 291-page volume, published in English.
  • News | Lake Placid 1932

    On 15 February 1932, Eddie Eagan became the first and only person to win gold at the Summer and Winter Games

    As a pusher in the four-man bobsleigh team spearheaded by pilot Billy Fiske, Edward Eagan won the gold medal with the USA I team in the final event of the Lake Placid 1932 Winter Games. Twelve years earlier, as a boxer, he had been crowned Olympic champion in the light heavyweight competition at Antwerp 1920. Today marks the anniversary of one man’s extraordinary achievement.
    15 Feb 2020 | Olympic News, Bobsleigh, Lake Placid 1932
  • Winner’s medal Lake Placid 1932

    Winner’s medal Lake Placid 1932

    The reverse of the medal is very simple, showing the following inscription: “III Olympic / Winter Games / Lake Placid / 1932” ©IOC
    Monday, January 4, 2010 1:06 PM | Photo
  • Lake Placid 1932 -1980 Legacy | Video

    Lake Placid 1932 -1980 Legacy

    “In 1932 the Winter Games came to America for the first time, to Lake Placid. A multipurpose Olympic Centre was built specifically for the Games – the first indoor arena ever used for the Winter Olympics. In 1980, the Olympic Games focused the world’s attention once again on Lake Placid. In the original 1932 Olympic Centre, the US men’s hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union in a match that became known as the "Miracle on Ice”. But the legacy of the 1980 Games could well have been limited to some great memories and short-term improvements in infrastructure, if not for the creation of the Olympic Regional Delivery Authority in 1981. This organisation was set up to manage and promote the sports facilities used to host the 1980 Games, and has created an ongoing legacy that has reshaped the region’s economy. Since then, Lake Placid has hosted an impressive 11 World Championships, and 60 World Cup events. The continual enhancement of the Olympic facilities has ensured that the Olympic legacy not only lives on but is built upon.”
  • Winter Games Lake Placid 1932 Medal

    Winter Games Lake Placid 1932 Medal

    On the obverse, in the top half, a winged goddess above the clouds holding a laurel crown in her right hand. In the background, the Adirondack mountains with, at their feet, a winter sports stadium, ski jump and the Lake Placid landscape. The curved shape of the medal symbolizes the ridges of ancient columns. On the reverse, in the top half the Olympic rings, under which can be seen a laurel crown. In the middle, the inscription “III OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES LAKE PLACID 1932”.
    Thursday, February 4, 1932 2:00 PM | Photo
  • News | Lake Placid 1932

    1932: the podium makes its Olympic debut

    The podium has become an iconic Olympic image and a core part of every athlete’s vocabulary. However, contrary to common belief, its origins lie not in Ancient Greece, but at the Olympic Winter Games 1932 in Lake Placid…
    20 Oct 2017 | Olympic News, Lake Placid 1932
  • Four-man bobsleigh (Lake Placid 1932)

    Four-man bobsleigh (Lake Placid 1932)

    The “USA I” four-man bobsleigh team received a trophy from Germany’s Werner Zahn after their victory in the event. Edward Eagan (in the foreground, third from the left) had just accomplished an exceptional double: he had already become Olympic heavyweight boxing champion at the Antwerp Games in 1920, and, in Lake Placid, became the first athlete to win a gold medal in both the Summer and the Winter Games ©IOC
    Monday, January 4, 2010 1:09 PM | Photo
  • News | Lausanne 2020

    Road to Lausanne 2020: US biathlete Van Ledger

    Having grown up in Lake Placid, host city of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Van Ledger is fully aware of the lasting power of the Games. Now, the 16-year-old biathlete will get to experience that unique spirit first-hand as a member of the USA team for the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020.
    05 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, United States of America, Biathlon, Lausanne 2020
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