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HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Nov. 20, 1931

Norwegians prepare

Norway will send a powerful team to compete in the III Olympic Winter Games.

Probably the best-known member of the Norse contingent is Sonja Henie, Olympic and world’s champion woman figure skater. Miss Henie is on her way to London to practice.

Norway, always strong in speedskating, will send Bernt Evenson, former world’s title holder; Ivar Ballingrud, holder of the world’s record for 5,000 meters; and Haakon Pederson and Thorstein Stenbeck.

In the 50-kilometer ski race, Norway will send Oscar Aas-Haugen, Arne Rustadstuen, Ole Stenen and Sigurd Vestad.

John Grottumsbratten, who won the 18-kilometer ski race at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics in 1928, will head the Norse representatives in this event at Lake Placid. His teammates will be Kristian Hovde, Arne Rustadstuen and Sigurd Vestad.

Grottumsbratten will also be a strong contender in the combined running and jumping event, which he also won at St. Moritz. With him will come Sverre Kolterud, Hans Vinjarengen and Ole Stenen.

Birger Ruud, one of the greatest ski jumpers of the world, will come to Lake Placid. Also on the Norse jumping team will be Reidar Anderson, Hans Beck and Kaar Walberg.

Stadium preparations

The hockey boxes for use during the winter season and the III Olympic Winter Games next February are now being built at the Olympic stadium inside the 400-meter skating track. The work is being done under the direction of H. L. Garren.

Two boxes are being put up. These, with the one in the arena, will give Lake Placid three rinks for hockey competitions and practice games during the coming winter season. The playing box is next to the grandstand while the one adjoining will be used for practice by Olympic and other teams.

Four ticket booths are also being built at the stadium, as well as the main Olympic ticket office, which will be situated directly across from the junction of Main Street and Mirror Lake Drive.

Canvas is to be stretched around the stadium on iron poles, which were put up during the past week. Floodlights have been installed by the village electric department.

Six rooms have been set off in the space underneath the stadium grandstand seats. In addition to rooms for the men and women competitors, there will be two ski-waxing rooms, a storehouse and a public telephone room with at least six pay-station booths.

Wireless station plans

Application has been made by Julian Reiss to the Federal Radio Commission for the installation and operation in Lake Placid of a short-wave amateur wireless station to be equipped for both sending and receiving messages. Provided the application is granted, the station will be located in the rear of the Lake Placid Garage on Main Street.

A number of Boy Scouts of Troop 10 are working on the general service code and hope to become sufficiently proficient to take part in the operation of the amateur station later in the winter.

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