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February 7, 2014

Lake Placid eyes Sister Olympic City pact with Sochi

LAKE PLACID — It looks like, after the Winter Games wrap up, Sochi and Lake Placid will be linked as Olympic sister cities. 

The proclamation with Sochi has to be reviewed first by the Russian authorities, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall explained.

”As part of the Russian Federation, the proclamation requires approval from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

Toward that end, Sochi Mayor Anatoly N. Pakhomov requested a draft copy.

“Taking into consideration the time they need for approval, Sochi’s mayor asked if they could sign the agreement after the Olympics have ended,” Randall said.

The Sister City agreement connects global communities, allowing them to share experiences as Olympic tourism destinations, Randall said. 

Lake Placid has similar agreements with most Winter Olympic cities, except for Sarajevo and Nagano.

Ceremonial agreements were signed most recently with Vancouver, Torino in Italy and with Salt Lake City.

But the proclamation with Sochi requires approval from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“At this point, Jim McKenna, who manages this activity for us (through the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism), and I will most likely continue our quest after the Games,” Randall said.

SECURITY MEASURES

Lake Placid’s mayor is not excessively concerned with safety for the local athletes, their family members and supporters at the games.

Olympic Winter Games were held here in 1980, not long after Israeli athletes were attacked and killed at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich.

“The Munich games is really where all this got started,” Randall said. “In recent Olympic games, summer or winter, security measures, the safety of our athletes, supporting personnel and family members have become a primary focus.

”This is just one of those sentinel activities where, not only is the entire world watching, but people are also looking for ways to disturb it and get the attention.

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