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Great effort for skating event

March 3, 2011
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

The Olympic Center recently host to the 2011 Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships. The event consisted of 150 teams from the Carolinas to Maine, with more than 2,400 skaters and coaches participating.

This was an enormous undertaking which required a great deal of effort on the part of many individuals and organizations.

Thanks to the Skating Club of Lake Placid for their partnership and support with the technical assistance and volunteers. One individual especially worth recognizing is Pat Jorgensen, who rounded up more than 150 volunteers who were extremely helpful, well informed and always very pleasant. This attitude created a fun and enjoyable atmosphere throughout the venue which was important to the success of the event.

Also, thanks to Brad Hathaway and Larry Straight, along with their respective staffs, for keeping the roads clear and safe, allowing the visiting teams to easily access the Olympic Center during both snowstorms.

We were also lucky that in the midst of winter, Sally Urban and Conni Cross, along with many others, were able to make the building look bright, cheery and inviting. We appreciate the time, effort and pride you took in decorating the venue.

As you can imagine, the housing of more than 2,400 athletes, coaches and officials is always quite difficult with the different schedules and needs, and when you throw in a major snowstorm it becomes quite a challenge. I would like to thank the staff of the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau for their untiring efforts and poise during this event. I know this was not easy. Thank you.

The rinks in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake also played an important role in the success of this event. At times on Thursday and Friday, skaters were skating on five rinks in our region. To Mike Ritchie and Tom Proulx, thank you for opening up your venues to us.

I would like to thank the Lake Placid village board for giving us permission to begin the fireworks at a later time than usual. This enabled a large number of athletes and their families to enjoy Lake Placid’s hospitality. Speaking of hospitality, I would like to thank the staff of Centerplate who provided great service and food in a limited space.

To my colleagues at the Olympic Authority, I thank you for all the support you once again provided to the Olympic Center. There was not a department that was not called upon for help. Thank you.

Last, but not least, to the staff of the Olympic Center — your professionalism and positive attitude made it an event that will be fondly remembered by all who walked through our doors. There was skating from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day, and on a daily basis, the building was clean, schedules were maintained, and people were made to feel welcome in our house. No one does it better. Thank you.

Throughout the figure skating world, Lake Placid as a community has a reputation of hosting well run, enjoyable and memorable events. Rest assured. We have lived up to that billing.

Thank you all for your efforts.


R. Dennis Allen

General manager,

Olympic Center

Lake Placid


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