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Stand together on the 35th anniversary

January 29, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

With plans underway to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, residents and visitors have ample time to mark it on the calendar.

For older folks, it's a time to share memories of the games and ask and answer the question, "Where were you during the Miracle on Ice?" For the generation of people who were too young or not born until after the 1980 games, it's a time to learn about the history.

Lake Placid remains an Olympic village, sending athletes to every Winter Olympics since the first one in 1924. This is home to a U.S. Olympic Training Center and USA Luge, and the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has offices here. And local organizations such as the New York Ski Educational Foundation are grooming Olympians of the future.

One constant since 1980 has been the Olympic cauldron at the North Elba Showgrounds, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies. It has been refurbished and re-lit during many anniversaries and most recently during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It will be lit again at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, which is 35 years to the day from the original opening ceremony of Lake Placid's 13th Olympic Winter Games.

Nationally known announcer Greg O'Brien will be the master of ceremonies and sing the national anthem to start the program, which will include 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee President Rev. J. Bernard Fell's original opening ceremony speech.

A hand-held torch will be run from the ice surface of the 1980 Olympic Arena to the cauldron, using a team of torch runners comprised of a decorated group of local athletes.

We encourage all residents and visitors - young and old - to make one more Olympic memory and attend the Feb. 13 event. As the ceremony's organizers are saying, "Let's stand together on the site where it all began."



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