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40th Olympic Anniversary

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Wayne Coffey, author, “The Boys of Winter”

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed former New York Daily News Sports Writer Wayne Coffey about his 2005 book, “The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.” It is about the “Miracle on Ice” game, and the ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Butch Martin, North Elba Park District

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo interviewed North Elba Park District Manager Butch Martin about his role at the Olympic Center rinks during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Northwood School’s Miracle Podcast

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Tom Broderick’s sophomore Modern World History class about a podcast the students are developing for National Public Radio’s podcast contest. It is about how community members from Lake Placid organized and hosted the last ...

Jansen inspires Lake Placid crowd

LAKE PLACID — There are only a few speedskaters who have commanded the public’s imagination in the last 50 years. There is Apolo Anton Ohno, a short track skater known not only for his eight Olympic medals in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympic Games, but for winning the reality TV dancing ...

A ‘Miracle’ in a time of doubt

LAKE PLACID — It was a Monday, Aug. 11, 2003. New York Daily News Sports Writer Wayne Coffey had an appointment to interview 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey Coach Herb Brooks on the phone that evening for an upcoming book, “The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 ...

Lake Placid rejoices in its Olympic past, builds for its future

LAKE PLACID — The benefits of a miracle have been reaped in Lake Placid for 40 years. The plan now is to keep those miracles — and miracle-seekers — coming. Parts of Lake Placid’s sports landscape are largely under construction again these days, a plan that walks a tightrope ...

Athletes describe their Olympic roots in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Four Olympians and two aspiring Olympians — ranging from ages 16 to 65 — shared stories about their relationship to this village’s Olympic legacy Monday, Feb. 17 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The event — “Lake Placid’s Olympic Legacy: An Athlete’s ...

The grateful 8

LAKE PLACID — Sean McDevitt was a 16-year-old from Idaho on Jan. 31, 1980, when he began helping 51 other runners from around the United States bring the Olympic flame from Yorktown, Virginia, to Lake Placid for the XIII Olympic Winter Games. “There were three of us that were really ...

Wyoming’s Olympic torch runner remembers 1980 games

LAKE PLACID - When torch bearer Steve Simon arrived in Lake Placid last week, he realized that the village looked pretty much the same as it had in 1980, when he arrived here prior to the XIII Olympic Winter Games."It's very much the same, which is very gratifying," he said at the High Peaks ...

Jack, Marina LaDuke recall their role in the 1980 Olympics

LAKE PLACID - Every time the U.S. hockey team scored a goal over the Soviets Feb. 22 during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, a cowbell was rung outside the door of the Russian News Agency TASS.Students were dismissed from school during the games, and the Lake Placid Middle-High School was ...

Show honors 1980 Olympic figure skating team

LAKE PLACID - "This show was all about telling their stories," said Paul Wylie, 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist and director of sport for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, referring to the 1980 Olympic figure skating team - the "Dream Team" - and the "Dream On" gala ...

Scott Hamilton hosts Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser

LAKE PLACID - Tuesday, Feb. 18, was certainly quite the day for skating in Lake Placid, even more than usual.That's because it featured two skating events - the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser to benefit the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Olympic Speedskating Oval and ...

Olympics inspire ’80 Blue Bombers team

LAKE PLACID - At the Olympic Center during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, cheese sticks were a currency.North Elba Park District Manager Gene "Butch" Martin, 68, served as operations manager at the Olympic Center at the time. He remembers those games as a blur of rapid-fire activity, endless ...

Northwood sophomores creating 1980 Olympic podcast for NPR contest

LAKE PLACID - Sophomores at Northwood School are hoping that this village's story of hosting the XIII Olympic Winter Games in 1980 - the last small-town Olympics, organized by friends and neighbors, not professionals - will be enough to win the coveted NPR Student Podcast Challenge.The grand ...