The Adirondack Park, with its rough estimate of 130,000 full-time residents, accounts for just .0042 percent of the nation’s 308,611,941 people (according to the U.S. Census Bureau). Syracuse has more than that.
But the Park’s 12 full-time-resident Winter Olympians this time around account for 5.5 percent of this country’s 216-member team. That’s one-18th, if you’re more of a fractions person.
All 12 actually live in a much smaller zone than the six-million-acre Park; they’re all in Lake Placid and the Saranac Lake area: the towns of North Elba, Harrietstown, Brighton and Franklin. Those towns have a combined population of 17,148, or .00056 of the U.S. total. (That’s one-17,997th, for you fractions people.)
And that’s just the full-on local Olympians. Add two more from the fringes of the Park in northern New York, and it becomes 6.5 percent of the U.S. team.
Add six more with local ties, and it becomes 9.3 percent.
Add in the U.S. Olympians who live at Lake Placid’s Olympic Training Center for much of the year while training — and working local jobs and socializing — and, let’s see: Add four lugers (we were already counting six), five skeleton racers and 17 bobsledders (not counting Lake Placid’s John Napier), plus three more who choose to live and train here even though their teams don’t, according to the OTC — and that’s 49 athletes, 23 percent of the U.S. total.
All here. That’s awesome.
It’s great to see local people celebrating them. Lake Placid’s Olympic Center will host a special Olympic Day event this Sunday, and on Saturday, Feb. 13, there will be a ceremonial re-lighting of the Olympic Torch in Lake Placid and a Youth Olympic Day at the Oval.
The Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise will be the best way to follow our local athletes — online first and then in print. The News will publish a comprehensive Olympic preview section on the games’ opening day, in its next issue. It will have a profile story for each local athlete, photos of those with local ties, complete television listings, explanations of all the sports and much more.
Enjoy watching our local athletes compete in the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and all the related events right here in Lake Placid.