Recent 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Hope you all had a chance to see some of the Olympic coverage. Great events. The site of the 1980 winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game was held in Lake Placid, which is about 2 hours north of us. I am planning on visiting friends up north soon and will try to go through Lake Placid to get some winter pics of the old Olympic venues that were used. Lake Placid is still an Olympic training site for the USA team. They train for ski jumping and free style both during the winter and summer months. They have a bob and luge runs that are used for international competition and training, and also offer tourist runs down both tracks. When my boys were young, we all took runs on the bobsled and the luge, usually when we would get Olympic fever. When you do the bob, there is a driver and you go for the ride experience on a 4-man sled. Now the luge, you’re the driver (not sure they still allow this) and even tho they start you about at the half-way point, it still is fast – not 90 mph fast like at the Vancouver Olympic track – but still fast enough since you are on the sled alone, on your back, going feet first down an ice chute! Yes I know, nuts! Just in case I get the Olympic urge again, I have an old Shoe cartoon on the refrig showing a character going down a hill on a sled wondering what Luge means? Then as he careens down the hill feet first, the comment bubble says, “probably Swedish for ‘Knuckelhead'”.

The ski jumps on the way into Lake Placid - a fall view

The ski jumps on the way into Lake Placid - a fall view

The Lake Placid ski jupm towers through the fall foliage

The Lake Placid ski jump towers through the fall foliage

Whiteface Mountain and Mirror Lake at the Village of Lake Placid

Whiteface Mountain and Mirror Lake. The Village of Lake Placid is actually on Mirror Lake. Whiteface Mountain was the location of the ski events during the 1980 Olympics.

Noon Mark Diner in Keen Valley - on the way to Lk Placid. A great place to eat, especially their pie!!

Noon Mark Diner in Keen Valley - on the way to Lk Placid. A great place to eat, especially their pie!!

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