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Unique youth-Olympian interview project on display

LAKE PLACID How do you deal with fear? How did training for the Olympics impact your school life? What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? These and other questions were posed to Olympic and potential Olympic athletes by teens from Lake Placid High School and Northwood School during a creative interview project produced in cooperation with the Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC) arts program. Teens also shot portraits of the athletes and both will be exhibited at the 19321980 Winter Olympic Museum, beginning Thursday evening May 10 and will run through July. "It was interesting to meet all the people and to see how down to earth they were, said Lindsay Harrison, 18, a senior at Northwood School. They were all really cool! I was intrigued by their past so I asked them questions I would like to know the answers to. I learned a lot about the Olympics and really enjoyed it." Twenty interviews and portraits will be on display, highlighted by Olympic gold medalists Scott Hamilton (figure skating), Jamie Sale and David Pelletier (pairs figure skating) and Andrea Kilbourne (hockey), plus World Championship medalists Nate Holland (snowboardcross) and Elijah Teter (halfpipe). Also featured are local Olympians like gold medalist Bill Stowe (rowing, 1964), bronze medalist Jeanne Ashworth (speedskating, 1960), Jay Rand (ski jumping, 1968) and Joe Lamb (Nordic combined, 1972). It was a good experience, said Marcus Moles,14, a freshman at Lake Placid High School. I had never done anything like that before. I got to meet Olympic athletes and speak with them personally. The program was developed in partnership with the CYC youth arts program and the 3280 Winter Olympic Museum, with participation from Northwood School, Lake Placid High School, Olympic Regional Development Authority, United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, Stars on Ice, U.S. Luge Association, U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the portraits, said CYC arts coordinator Naj Wikoff. For some of the students it was their first experience, and certainly for most their first experience interviewing Olympians. The athletes were very impressed with the questions, which were often quite different than they normally get from sports reporters. I think that people will really enjoy the results and gain insights into the lives of the many athletes who live, train and compete here. Teens participating include from the Lake Placid High School: Robert Bagg, Mike Conway, Sam Adams, Ryan Holtzer, John Huttlinger, Bryan Leff, Marcus Moles, Nicole Osgood, Cameron Patnode, Kristy Siegle, Ryan Smith and Meg Stanton, and from Northwood School: Max Harden, Lindsay Harrison, Maura Pickett and Erica Shapey. The photographs were printed by Tony Lucas of Keene. Financial support was made possible, in part, by contributions by the J.R. Reiss Foundation and the Drug Free Communities Support Program, a federal grant. Each photo, along with the accompanying interview, will be on display through July and ORDA will host a opening reception with complimentary refreshments on May 10 from 5-7 p.m. The 1932 1980 Winter Olympic Museum is located in the Link Building of the Arena complex and is open daily from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. The Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities (CYC) Coalition is a youth development organization of local community leaders, youth, parents, and government and business partners who work together for the health and well being of our youth.

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