Lake Placid Driven by her love of figure skating and happiness in Lake Placid, a young author released a book dedicated to the history of figure skating in Lake Placid.
Christie Sausa, a 22-year-old figure and speed skater, student, entrepreneur and writer, released her book, “Lake Placid Figure Skating A History,” on July 24.
“It’s the first of it’s kind on figure skating’s history in Lake Placid,” Sausa said. “It’s a detailed history from the beginning to the present spun in it’s entirety.”
She began writing the book in September after The History Press approached her about the project. Sausa said the book is a comprehensive history of skating in Lake Placid.
Through her research, she found the origins of the sport in the area centered around the efforts of Godfrey Dewey.
“Before Dewey, the Lake Placid Club was only visited as a summer retreat, for hiking and swimming,” Sausa said. “In this book we go through the start of winter sports here, in 1904, and cover the 20’s, 30’s and the 40’s - the golden age of figure skating.
“I fell in love with all the history of the sport and was very excited to get to write about it,” Sausa said.
The History Press is a publishing company that strives to create history publications for the community members who live there.
The book is available for sale at the Lake Placid Skate Shop and The Bookstore Plus, both on Main Street in Lake Placid.
Sausa, who has lived in Lake Placid since 2003, began her career as a skater and decided to start writing while training in Lake Placid.
“I was training with other skaters who kept asking for reliable skating information pertaining to Lake Placid,” Sausa said. “People wanted to know about the skating here and information specific to the training in the area, and I thought why don’t I give it a try?”
Sausa began writing blogs about skating in Lake Placid in 2007 which have grown to writing three blogs, including “The Adventures of LP skater: a travel blog,” “Lake Placid Skater,” and “Healthy Skater.”
In the beginning the blogs had a slow start, but today have readers who follow her blog from around the world.
Sausa currently writes an online column and contributes to several local publications.
Currently, Sausa is a regional level accountant for US Figure Skating. Her blogs have also been recognized by publications such as "Skating" magazine and "Shape" magazine.