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Catch The Olympic Spirit At Lake Placid During Games; Plenty Of Events

Olympic Cauldron Lake Placid

A visit to Lake Placid, N.Y. can certainly put you in the Olympic spirit. The vibe is alive every day at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. 

Tourism and government entities in the Adirondacks have put together a schedule of Olympic-themed activities throughout February that will bring the Sochi, Russia Winter Games to life on the home front.

Nine home-grown Olympians are on the 2014 Sochi roster, including Vancouver medalists Bill Demong (Nordic skiing) and Andrew Weibrecht (alpine skiing), so the Games create a link for both residents and tourists.

"The pristine mountains and lakes that attract visitors also seem to breed not only Olympians and Ironmen, but the type of people with the drive, ambition and forethought to have done the impossible and brought two Olympic Winter Games to Lake Placid,” James McKenna, president of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, told SnoCountry.com. "The spirit of competition permeates the atmosphere here every day, but during the Olympic Winter Games, it’s multiplied exponentially."

Lake Placid re-lit its’ Olympic cauldron at the site of the 1980 Opening Ceremony. A smaller version of the cauldron burns all month in the village park on Main Street, accompanied by a large television screen that will provide a gathering point for those wishing to view the hundreds of hours of network coverage in this winter setting.

Another large, outdoor TV screen will be found down the street on the deck of The Cottage Café to complement its three indoor sets that will be fixed on Sochi.

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

Families and friends can enter fun and friendly competition through Feb. 23 in some of the same winter sports that are being contested 7,000 miles away. The Winter Challenge offers special opportunities for your team to earn prizes and memories while sampling many sports.

Just keep track of team results on a special edition 2014 Winter Challenge scorecard.

Skiers and boarders, of course, can use the same trails at Whiteface Mountain that helped Weibrecht hone his Olympic bronze medal-winning talent.

Striders can get their Olympic jones on at the cross country ski network that prepared Demong for his 2010 gold and silver medals

Lodging information is available here, or call 800-44-PLACID.

Photo: 1980 Olympic cauldron (ROOST)

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