There's an old saying that if you don't toot your own horn, no one else will toot it for you. With so much happening here in the Olympic Village, the horn is being tooted loud. So give a toot for Lake Placid.
Sure, it's busy right now with FIL Viessmann Luge World Cup on Friday and Saturday and Empire State Games taking place - but there's more. There's the Winter Carnival in neighboring Saranac Lake, with the always fun-to-see Ice Palace and of course the festive parade on Saturday.
In fact, there so much happening in this neck of the woods, that The Weather Channel made a stop here and was broadcasting live as part of its Extreme Winter Weather Week. What a great time to focus on this special place.
Now's as good a time as any for locals to join visitors and enjoy some special winter events - before you know it, it will be spring.
Here's just some of the events on tap.
The 2014 Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia is right around the corner, and many of those who will compete in the luge event at those Games will be right here in Lake Placid at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. It's a great time to visit the facility and get a taste of the Olympic feeling and energy.
And if you want to REALLY get the feeling, there will be a public luge session Saturday, Feb. 9 after the World Luge Cup races from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $65, and well worth the cost to get an adrenaline rush like no other. Payments will be accepted at the venue.
If you want to read more about the luge experience, see the story at www.lakeplacidnews.com/page/content.detail/id/510124/Luge-event-gives-the-gift-of-speed.html.
For more information, visit www.usaluge.org or call 518-523-2071.
But if luge is too fast for your liking, try the fourth annual Adirondack International Toboggan Championships taking place on Friday, Feb 8. The track is shorter and you get to zip along a frozen Mirror Lake. The race is scheduled to run from 6 to 9 p.m. and is open to the public.
Entry fees are $10 per person or $40 per sled, with sleds being provided at the event. All proceeds raised by the event will go to USA Luge. For more information visit, www.adktobogganchampionship.com.
And don't forget about the Empire State Games. There will be lots of action at many of the Olympic venues, with athletes who may someday be Olympians. For a complete schedule, visit www.empirestatewintergames.com.
So, to all those who are visiting the Olympic Region, enjoy your stay and enjoy the festivities. For locals who have never checked out the sports action of the Olympic Region, this is your chance.
Now, let's all give a toot.