Lake Placid activities connect you to 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Five months and counting. That’s the remaining time before the Opening Ceremony (Feb. 7, 2014) at the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics. And given the distance between the eastern United States and the Games site on the Black Sea, it might take that long to get there.
But that’s okay. You don’t have to deal with the travel and expense of a 6,000 mile journey to experience the Winter Olympic thrill - Lake Placid offers it every day, and never more so than in the Olympic winter. And it’s close – a five hour drive from New York City and Boston; two
and a half hours from Albany and Montreal; three and a half hours from Syracuse; 30 minutes from the Saranac Lake airport.
As athletes, officials, sponsors, press and mostly European spectators converge on Sochi, guests can come to Lake Placid well into March and feel the same pulse and vibe at a fraction of the cost. And the cast of characters – the Olympic athletes themselves – will be in our two-time
Winter Olympic village this season as they qualify for the events in Sochi.
IT STARTS AT OUR FRONT DESK WITH OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST ANDREW WEIBRECHT
That aura begins at the front desk of the Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa (518-523-2544) where Andrew Weibrecht’s 2010 Olympic bronze medal resides to the delight of all Olympic fans.
The son of hotel owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, Andrew scored his medal in the alpine skiing Super G. The medal, with his visage in a portrait and Sports Illustrated cover, greets each person who comes to the desk whether to register, or grab a complimentary chocolate chip cookie on the run.
In fact, hotel guests, if their timing is good, might even bump into Andrew walking the hallways.
Currently, Weibrecht is training with his United States Ski Team mates at camps in the Southern Hemisphere. After changing ski companies during the off-season, Andrew has his sights set on racing fast during the November, December and January World Cup events and returning to the Winter Olympics.
ACTION APLENTY ON ICE THIS FALL
A number of other world-class athletes also reside and train in Lake Placid preparing to compete this winter. Bobsled, luge and skeleton athletes are counting the days until Sept. 30 when the Lake Placid track is expected to open, weather permitting. Lake Placid visitors can quickly drive the five miles to the run at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Route 73 and watch these national team athletes tackle one of the most difficult courses on the international circuit.
The U.S. Luge Team will be in race mode on the one mile ice chute Oct. 12-13 during the Norton National Championships. At the same time, American bobsled and skeleton competitors will similarly begin the internal battle for Sochi team slots. Selection races will also continue Oct. 21-22.
For all these athletes, it begins a two-month process of Olympic Team qualification that takes them from national championships and selection events, to the November and December World Cups, and finally to Olympic Team nomination.
Please check the blog later this month for a continuation of this theme.
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Top image courtesy Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa
Bottom image courtesy ORDA
Facebook image courtesy US Ski Team/Mitchell Gunn