HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Jan. 22, 1932

Arena dedication

“I dedicate to the uses and purposes of this countryside to the profit and enjoyment of people now and hereafter to be gathered together for friendly sports competition, for the consideration and solution of problems of the state, of the professions and of business, this splendid arena,” stated Gustavus T. Kirby, past president of the American Olympic Committee, as he summed up his dedicatory address broadcast from New York to the new Olympic arena here Saturday night.

Other speakers at the ceremony were Supervisor Willis Wells, Justice O. B. Brewster of Elizabethtown, Sen. Warren E. Thayer of Chateaugay, F. S. Leonard and Dr. Godfrey Dewey, president of the III Olympic Winter Games Committee.

Following the speakers, the high school band played until the start of the hockey game, Lake Placid Athletic Club vs. St. Nicholas Club of New York.

U.S. hockey team

The hockey squad of 14 players which will represent the United States in the Winter Olympic Games will arrive in Lake Placid tomorrow from Boston to spend the following 10 days in practice before the Olympics.

This squad was selected this week by Rufus J. Trumble, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Committee, and Alfred R. Winsor, coach of the U.S. team.

Those selected were: goalies, Franklin Farrell, formerly of Yale, and Ted Frazier, Boston Hockey Club; defense, John Garrison, formerly of Harvard, and Robert Livingston and Buzz Hallock, formerly of Princeton; first forward line, Winthrop (Bing) Palmer, formerly of Yale, John Chase, formerly of Harvard, and Douglas Everett, ex-Dartmouth star; second forward line, John Cookman, Frank Nelson and Jack Bent, all former Yale players; spares, Ty Anderson, Pete Sanford and Joseph Fitzgerald, all of Boston.

Swiss bobsled team

The Swiss bobsled team who will, together with the Swiss-American team from New York represent Switzerland in the coming Olympic Winter Games, left Switzerland on Jan. 14 and arrived in New York on the S.S. Europa on Jan. 21.

The teams expect to leave for Lake Placid on Jan. 24 and will start training for the Olympics the following day.

Italian Olympic team

From small mountain villages of Italy, nine hardy skiers of the Italian Alps have come to Lake Placid to represent their country in skiing.

With the group is a bobsled team, which will compete in the two-man and four-man events. They reached Lake Placid Wednesday morning from New York City. The group was enthusiastically impressed with the Empire State Building, which they all included in their one-day sightseeing trip in the city.

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