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Olympic Flame to return to Lake Placid cauldron

The Lake Placid Olympic Cauldron will be re-lit during the Sochi Games Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

The Lake Placid Olympic Cauldron will be re-lit during the Sochi Games Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

— The Olympic Flame will again be ignited in Lake Placid.

The host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games will again light the cauldron located at the Lake Placid Horseshow Grounds as the latest version of the games take place in Sochi, Russia.

Organizers are planning to ignite the Olympic flame Friday, Feb. 7, in a 6 p.m. ceremony that would serve as a prelude to the televised lighting of the torch in Sochi. It will take place one day after the lighting of another cauldron, as the opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games will take place the day before on Feb. 6.

To further link the history and present of the Winter Olympics, organizers are seeking former Olympians from the region to carry the torch for a segment of the run. They are also looking for people who had served as volunteers during the 1980 Games as well as former torch runners.

After the lighting, there will be a torch run from the horse show grounds to Mid’s Park in the Village of Lake Placid, where a smaller, portable Empire State Winter Games cauldron will be lit.

Those former Olympians or games’ volunteers interested and available to take part in the torch run are asked to contact Darci LeFave at 523-9518 or email coordinator@northelba.org.

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