LAKE PLACID - Thirty years ago, a group of college kids and one 22-year-old united the United States like never before. Families were gathered around the television set, or spending as much time reading the sports page as they were the world and national news pages, wondering if this team will win again and could he skate to another Olympic gold medal. Each time the answer was yes, as the U.S. hockey team stunned the world winning gold and Eric Heiden won five Olympic speedskating gold medals, making the 1980 Olympic Winter Games one of the most memorable events in all of sports history.
While at the same time as the Olympic Winter Games will take place in February, in Vancouver, Canada, you can re-live that magical moment of 30 years ago, or create your own Olympic memories when Lake Placid celebrates the 30th anniversary of the XIII Olympic Winter Games.
"That was an incredible moment in history, not only for Lake Placid, but for the entire country," noted Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) president/CEO Ted Blazer. "Those Games will forever be remembered for overcoming the impossible, whether, it's a small Upstate New York village hosting the world's largest sporting event, or the U.S. hockey team defeating the heavily favored former-Soviet Union on their way to gold. And who can forget what Eric accomplished in speedskating or what Phil Mahre did in the alpine events. Moments and memories like these only come around once in a lifetime."
During Lake Placid's 30th anniversary celebration, Feb. 12-28, families and visitors will have the opportunity to visit and compete on the same venues that were used during the 1980 winter games. Families will have the opportunity to 'compete' against one another in the inaugural Gold Medal Games Family Edition which will feature a torch run, opening ceremonies and events including alpine skiing/snowboarding, biathlon target shooting, bobsled, curling, hockey skills, speedskating for medals and awards.