Photos bring action of paralympics to Lake Placid

— While the North Country gears up to welcome home Olympic athletes, some are still competing over in Sochi, Russia.

The Winter Paralympic Games are currently taking place in the same Russian seaport that hosted the Winter Olympiad one month earlier, and a photography exhibit at the Olympic Center Museum brings that action here.

The exhibit, which will be at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum through April 1, has 16 images taken by Lieven Coudenys, an official photographer of the International Paralympic Committee, during the Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010.

“It has been pretty nice because a lot of people are not aware of the paralympic games,” Susanna Fout, collections manager at the museum, said. “It is nice that this is bringing more awareness to the sports.”

The Winter Paralympic Games continue through March 16 in Sochi and include events in adaptive alpine skiing, adaptive biathlon, adaptive cross country, wheelchair curling and sledge hockey. All of the event except curling were featured during the Winter Empire State Games held in Lake Placid in February is some form.

The Paralympic Games were first held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 1976.

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and teens; $5 for juniors and seniors. For more information, please visit whiteface.com.

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