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Do you believe in miracles? - Al Michaels, 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid, New York.
The site of the famous "Miracle on Ice" Ice Hockey match between Team USA vs the Soviet Union, where the underdogs the Americans beat the Russians 4 to 3.
And how did such a small sleepy mountain resort town end up hosting the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games? Through their passion for winter sports and legacy venues, many of which are still in use for annual winter sporting events today. These iconic structures and sporting facilities are within the heart of Lake Placid.
From left to right we have the following:
- The Olympic Center, comprising of the 1980 rink (built for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games and named after legendary coach of the 1980 Team USA Hockey team, Herb Brooks) and the 1932 rink (built for the 1932 Olympic Winter Games and named after Winter Olympian, Jack Shea).
- Shops and eateries which dot all over Main Street.
- Intervales Ski Jumping Complex, which was totally rebuilt for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. These two towers dominate the town's skyline. The two towers have a K-Point of 90m and 120m respectively.
- Lake Placid Post Office. One of several buildings within the region which is preserved in the U.S National Register of Historic Places.
- Lake Placid High School. Located centrally in Lake Placid itself, it was the location of the Main Press Center for the duration of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
- James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink. Location for Speed Skating events in both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. It is located right in front of Lake Placid High School.
- The Olympic Cauldron.
- Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run. Reconstructed in 2000, it now hosts the events of Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton.