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March 5, 2014

Parades to honor Olympic athletes

LAKE PLACID — An Olympic homecoming in the Olympic village begins with a parade.

Both Lake Placid and Saranac Lake have planned salutes to local athletes who competed in Sochi, Russia.

LAKE PLACID PARADE

The Lake Placid fete honoring area Olympians is set for Sunday, March 16, to begin with a festive procession down Main Street, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Lake Placid’s plans were scheduled to fit the busy schedule of athletes still deep in the competitive winter sports season.

“Many 2014 Winter Olympians, highlighted by bronze-medal winner Erin Hamlin (luge), double-bronze medalists Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton (bobsled) and silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht (alpine skiing) will participate,” said Sandy Caligiore, who is helping coordinate the welcome home after having just returned from Sochi.

“Other members of Team USA that competed in Sochi will participate,” Caligiore said.

Jaime Greubel, who lives in Lake Placid and won a bronze in bobsled, will not be home for the parades, he said.

Lake Placid’s Olympic parade is a collaboration of the villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, the Town of North Elba, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid Central School, Lake Placid Business Association, Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

Based in Lake Placid, USA Luge showed its mettle at the XXII Olympic Winter Games, drawing immense attention to the sliding sport and its athletes.

“We appreciate the efforts that Lake Placid always puts forth to honor our Olympians and continue the legacy of the community that we call home,” the luge team said via email.

“And to have an athlete march with an Olympic medal makes this parade more impactful for our organization.”

The parade down Main Street in Lake Placid will start at the intersection with Cummings Road and end at the Cottage Café with speeches from the Sochi medalists.

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