Silent auction to be held benefitting the Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Lake Placid, N.Y. – The United States hockey team shocks Russia and the rest of the world in the Lake Placid Olympic Center en route to Olympic gold. Eric Heiden captures an unprecedented five gold medals on Lake Placid’s speed skating oval. The closest cross-country ski race in history occurs at Mount Van Hoevenberg outside Lake Placid.
Iranian militants seize the U.S. embassy in Teheran. The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan. The U.S. says it will boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow. The price of oil is on the rise. Snow falls in the Sahara Desert.
These were a collection of the headlines as a quaint and unsuspecting Adirondack village hosted the Olympic Winter Games in a two-week celebration that transcended the sporting world.
Welcome to those 1980 Lake Placid events, then and now.
The village of Lake Placid will relive those Games from Feb. 13-23. There will be a myriad of Winter Olympic-type activities: ski and skate with Olympians; take a ride on a luge sled; attend the relighting of the Olympic cauldron at the exact site of the 1980 Opening Ceremony; enjoy interactive fun in the Herb Brooks Arena; help Scott Hamilton’s foundation in fighting cancer. For the entire lineup of activities, log on to www.LakePlacid40.com.
The festivities will also include a special Olympic-themed event at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa on Feb. 22 at 5 PM. The date and time are noteworthy as that is when the puck dropped 40 years ago for the historic hockey game forever known as the Miracle on Ice.
“Given the legacy of the 1980 Winter Games, we must never underestimate their significance in Lake Placid,” said Ed Weibrecht, owner of the Mirror Lake Inn. “Many Olympic hosts have faded into obscurity when their Games ended, but not here. We rejoice in them each day, and rightfully so. They took place at an important time in the history of the United States. We should never forget how this community and the Games uplifted an entire country when it was really needed.”
At the Feb. 22 event, attendees will meet local Olympians who were impacted by Lake Placid’s legacy to create medal-winning miracles of their own, as well as authors, broadcasters and Olympic committee members. They will all be available to meet and greet those in attendance. Guests can participate in a live auction featuring memorabilia from past Games. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.
Take selfies and mingle with former athletes such as:
--Paul Wylie, 1992 Olympic silver medal winning figure skater.
--Mark Grimmette, Olympic silver and bronze medalist in luge as well as the 2010 U.S. flag bearer.
--Andrea Henkel Burke, a four-time Olympic medalist and eight-time World Champion in biathlon from Germany, along with her husband, four-time U.S. Olympic biathlete Tim Burke.
Other special guests include:
--Wayne Coffey, longtime New York Daily News sportswriter and author of The Boys of Winter, will sign his updated book on the 1980 U.S. hockey team.
--Jim Rogers, member of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee, will share his back stories.
Others to be added as the event approaches.
For more information on this memorable night, please log on to: https://mirrorlakeinn.com/our-package/olympic-anniversary-package/. Book a stay Feb. 18 - 22 and you will receive a $40 daily resort credit to be used in the Mirror Lake Inn’s restaurants, spa, salon and gift shop.
Tickets will be made available to the public after Feb. 1 at a cost of $25 per person and will be based on availability.
About the Mirror Lake Inn
The AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a luxury lakefront resort offering an authentic Adirondack experience. The Inn, rated Four Diamond for 35 consecutive years, offers both Four Diamond world-class cuisine and casual dining options, with impeccable service amid awe-inspiring views. Only one other property in New York State (located in Manhattan), has maintained the Four Diamond designation longer than Mirror Lake Inn. It is the only property in Lake Placid that combines Four Diamond lodging and dining. The Inn's renowned Lake Placid spa pampers the body and refreshes the mind with a comprehensive menu of services. The Inn is conveniently located one block from the restaurants and shops on Main Street in Lake Placid.
Contact: Sandy Caligiore, 518-302-3086, firstname.lastname@example.org, @mirrorlakeinn