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January 15, 2014

Lake Placid set for Sochi celebrations

LAKE PLACID — The road from here to Sochi is being paved with Olympic spirit; it could lead to Olympic gold.

As rosters for Olympic teams solidify approaching the Feb. 7 start to the XXII Winter Games in Russia, New York’s Olympic village is getting its game on, too.

Banners will be raised above Lake Placid streets in coming days and storefronts bedecked in red, white and blue.

“We want to ensure that residents and visitors this January and February will be immersed in the incredible spirit of international competition that always permeates the atmosphere in Lake Placid,” Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said in a statement announcing the start of celebration here. 

“If you can’t be in Sochi, there’s no better place to be than two-time host Lake Placid during the Games.”

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The kickoff celebration on Friday begins with a look back at Winter Olympics held here in 1932 and 1980.

High Peaks Resort is hosting an Olympic collectibles night, a kind of local “Antiques Roadshow” with appraisers and storytelling sessions.

Lori Fitzgerald, director of marketing at High Peaks Resort, came up with the idea to look back in looking forward to Sochi after she uncovered a 25-minute 16-mm film of the wrap-up of the 1980 Games.

“It was just stuffed in a closet in our sales office,” she said. “It was produced by Coca Cola for their sales team after the 1980 Games.” 

It includes short segments of the torch run in Lake Placid, she said, and some highlights from each sport in the games.

“It shows Eric Heiden winning his fifth gold medal on the (Speedskating) Oval and medal ceremonies from 1980,” she said.

“It also has shots of the people filling the streets and all the hoopla going on in the village. 

Now digitized, it will be shown at Friday’s event.

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