[Slideshow] Lake Placid's Olympic Venues

Posted on: August 6th, 2012 by Elizabeth McNamara 4 Comments

Ed. note: The London 2012 Olympics have captured the imaginations and curiosity of the Preservation Nation team (along with the rest of the world). So what better time to visit places from Olympics past? Check out what Preservation assistant editor Elizabeth MacNamara saw during a recent visit to Lake Placid, NY ...

Just seven cities in the world have hosted the Olympics more than once since the modern games began in 1896. London tops the list, with 2012 being the third time Olympic hopefuls have competed for gold in the Square Mile. Back over the pond in America, the summer games came to the city of Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984, and the winter games to the mountain village of Lake Placid, New York, in 1932 and 1980.

I recently joined my family for vacation in Lake Placid and took pictures of the places “where miracles are made,” as they say. Here are some of the Olympic venues that I visited:

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4 Responses

  1. Dennis O'Neill

    August 7, 2012

    Elizabeth, congratulations on a nice piece about Lake Placid. My daughters are both avid figure skaters and the family has been visiting this wonderful town for many years. It is truly the epicenter of winter sports training and competition on the East Coast (together with one of the best East Coast Iron Man competitions which is held in the fall on and around Mirror Lake).

    However, as a long time visitor I must point out a slight inaccuracy in slides #1 & #4. What you picture and caption as the ‘Olympic Center’ is in fact the local K – 12 public school. According to local accounts, classes were more or less suspended during the 1980 games while such luminaries as Eric Heiden won gold on the (correctly identified) speed track in front. The actual Olympic Center is the complex adjacent to the track which is composed of the ‘1932’ and ‘1980’ rinks and ice facilities.

  2. National Trust for Historic Preservation

    August 8, 2012

    Hello Dennis — thanks for the catch! We corrected the errors earlier today in the captions. Let us know if you find anything else. Thanks again!

  3. Ann

    August 9, 2012

    I appreciated seeing these photos of Lake Placid Olympic venues. For my family though, that oval in front of Lake Placid High is known as the site of my Dad’s championship running race in high school (for neighboring St. Pius in Saranac Lake) AND the site of Eric Heiden’s five gold medals.

    We were in Lake Placid visiting in the week leading up the 1980 Olympics and watched some of the trials and practices. Although I was only 8, when I see those ski jumps I can distinctly remember having a burnt tongue (from hot chocolate) and the sound of the alarm followed by seeing everyone in the crowd put their hands to their heads to block the sun in anticipation of watching the skiers about to come down.

  4. The Olympics and Preservation I: Good Uses for Olympic Facilities « Bricks + Mortar

    August 13, 2012

    […] Canada Olympic Park, host of the 1988 Winter Olympics is now a highperformance training facility as well as a recreational facility open to the public. It is also used for zip lining and summer camps during the summer. The Lake Placid venue (Winter 1932 and 1980) are similarly used.The National Trust recently published a great slideshow of the Lake Placid facilities here. […]