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  • 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.”
  • Steve Podborski’s greatest victory: bronze in the downhill at Lake Placid in 1980! | Video

    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 1980 Winter Olympic Games. He tells us all about it in this exclusive video.
  • Ingemar Stenmark - Alpine skiing | Video

    Ingemar Stenmark - Alpine skiing

    Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark is considered the greatest slalom specialist of all time – and perhaps the highpoint of his career was his double gold win at the Lake Placid Games in 1980.
  • Hanni Wenzel - Alpine Sking | Video

    Hanni Wenzel - Alpine Sking

    As Hanni Wenzel skied towards her third Olympic medal at Lake Placid in 1980, three flag-waving fans from her homeland of Liechtenstein cheered her on to glory. Their last-minute dash to the USA paid off, as Wenzel won gold in the women’s slalom, giving the tiny European principality a rare moment of sporting glory.
  • Nikolay Zimyatov - Cross country skiing | Video

    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 title ‘The King of Skiing’ in his homeland.
  • USA ice hockey team | Video

    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 notably pulled off what came to be known as the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.
  • Leonhard Stock - Alpine Skiing | Video

    Leonhard Stock - Alpine Skiing

    After his gold medal-winning heroics at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, downhill star Franz Klammer became an Austrian hero and an international sporting celebrity. Such was his status that four years later, Olympic squad coach Karl Kahr was forced to explain on national TV his decision to leave the ace performer out of his Lake Placid team.
  • Pursuing an Olympic dream: From fighting fires and lawsuits to sliding on ice | Video

    Pursuing an Olympic dream: From fighting fires and lawsuits to sliding on ice

    Even when working as a wildland firefighter or studying law, Morgan Tracey always wanted to go to the Olympics. She therefore made a pact with herself – if she passed the bar exam, she would try skeleton. So in 2010, with her qualification in tow, Morgan headed to the Lake Placid Olympic Training Centre in pursuit of that Olympic dream.
  • A Unique Double for Eddie Eagan | Video

    A Unique Double for Eddie Eagan

    American Eddie Eagan achieved a unique feat by winning gold medals in both summer and winter sports. In 1920 in Antwerp, he had won the light-heavyweight boxing category at the Olympic Summer Games. In Lake Placid, 12 years later, he won in the four-man bobsleigh.
  • Eric Heiden - Speed skating | Video

    Eric Heiden - Speed skating

    Eric Heiden arrived at Lake Placid as a national hero and favourite to win all five men’s speed skating events. In the four years since he had appeared on the scene from nowhere as a callow 17-year-old, he had pulled off a shock World Championship victory in 1977 and successfully defended the title twice.
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