Olympic Memories

We made our trip north this past weekend to visit friends up on the St. Lawrence River – 1000 Islands area, who live in Clayton. Weekend weather was beautiful, mild temps for this time of year and beautiful blue skies. On the way home, we went through Lake Placid, the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle On Ice” hockey game. Lake Placid was bustling with people on this beautiful late winter day, taking advantage of the many “Sale” signs posted on shop windows, and busy checking the menu’s posted outside restaurants.

view down Main Street Lake Placid

View down Main Street Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Olympic Arena

The Lake Placid Olympic Arena

The ice rink that's the home of the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game of 1980

This is the entrance to the ice rink that's the home of the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game of 1980 where a group of USA college hockey players beat the powerful USSR Olympic Hockey Team, a team that had beaten the best of the NHL's pro teams as a warm-up tour prior to the 1980 Winter Olympic games.

There was an international Pee Wee B Youth Hockey tournament playing on ice

There was an International Pee Wee B Youth Hockey tournament playing on ice

The outdoor oval where Eric Heiden won his 5 speedskating gold medals

The outdoor oval where Eric Heiden won his 5 speedskating gold medals

Pic of the outdoor Opening Ceremony for the 1980 Winter Olympics. I was there and it was real cold!

Pic of the outdoor Opening Ceremony for the 1980 Winter Olympics. I was there and it was real cold!

As it now stands, the Olympic Cauldron for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games

As it now stands, the Olympic Cauldron for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games

Sorry, no pics from the luge and bobsled tracks. If you ever visit Lake Placid and you are into thrill activity, you can experience the real thing and pay to ride the bob and the luge. I noticed a poster at the Olympic Center advertising tourist skeleton rides, something new for the daredevils out there. By the way, on the luge and skeleton, it’s only you on the sled doing the driving. On the bob, you are riding as crew, not as the driver.

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