Sochi Games approach; So many Lake Placid activities offered
Visitors and residents are invited to participate in many Lake Placid activities that will take place in and around the village festively decorated in red, white and blue lights and celebratory banners!
WATCH Sochi in Lake Placid
A 9 ‘ x 12’ LED Board will be located near Mid’s Park on Main Street, where spectators can watch the competition in Sochi every day from February 6-23. The big screen will be accompanied by a cauldron, which will be lit for the entire Games period.
1980 Winter Games Trivia Contest
With every interesting bit of trivia participants learn, they’ll also have the opportunity to enter to win valuable prizes. This town-wide “scavenger hunt” is a fun way to learn about Lake Placid’s winter sports heritage, to explore a variety of local businesses and organizations and, of course, to win.
Beginning January 16, Lake Placid Winter Games Facts posters will be displayed at participating businesses throughout the Lake Placid region. Game participants who find the facts will also find a unique entry form at that location. The more facts a participant finds, the more chances they’ll have to win a whole list of prizes, including a Lake Placid ski getaway - complete with lodging, lift tickets and an Olympic Passport.
Want a hint? Fact location hints will be promoted on Lake Placid’s social media channels, including @LakePlacidADK on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/LakePlacidADK.
Olympic-themed events sampler:
January 17: The Winter Games Memories & Memorabilia community event will be held at the High Peaks Resort from 5:30-9:30 pm. This festival-style event is free and open to the public, and will include storytelling from regional historians, and a public screening of a rare promotional film for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. The event will feature a showcase of 1980 Winter Games memorabilia, complete with “antiques roadshow”-style appraisers, documented by Mountain Lake PBS for an upcoming program to be aired shortly after the event.
Feb. 6: The public is invited to attend the Empire State Winter Games Opening Ceremonies at 6pm in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. The 2014 Empire State Winter Games are a multi-day sports event that will take place February 6-9, 2014. For 34 years, the Games have brought together about 1,200 athletes from across the State to compete in a variety of winter sports, many of whom have gone on to participate in International competition and the Olympic Winter Games.
Feb. 7: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will broadcast the grandeur of the 2014 Opening Ceremonies live on the big screen on February 7, free and open to the public.
Feb. 8: Empire Sports Fest - The public is invited to this celebration of winter sports with
demonstrations, games, and food at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval from 5-7 pm. Activities will include sled hockey demo, hockey shoot-out, curling, cross country skiing and adaptive races, a Barrel Jumpers Show and the Empire State Winter Games award ceremonies, all ending with a fireworks display. The event is free and open to the public.
At The Venues
Olympic Athlete Trading Cards and athlete “photo ops”
ORDA has developed collectible trading cards featuring 9 local athletes who will compete in Sochi.
Collect these athlete cards by visiting the Olympic venues, and take your picture with life-sized cutouts of all 9 of our local heroes:
• Lowell Bailey- at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum!
• Tim Burke- at the OSC Cross-Country Center!
• Annelies Cook- at the OSC Biathlon Center!
• Billy Demong- at the Olympic Jumping Complex!
• Peter Frenette- at the ORDA Store on Main St.!
• Jamie Greubel- at the OSC Bobsled/Skeleton/Luge Track!
• Andrew Weibrecht- at Whiteface Mountain!
• Erin Hamlin - TBA!
• Chris Mazdzer - TBA!
From February 7-23, families and friends can compete in some of the same winter sports that are being contested in Sochi while in Lake Placid. The Winter Challenge offers special opportunities to earn prizes and create memories while sampling multiple events at Lake Placid’s Winter Olympic sites, including Bobsled, Skeleton, Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping, Hockey, Curling, Speed Skating, and Figure Skating.
How it works: Participants compete in just one or all activities, and keep track of team results on the special edition 2014 Winter Challenge score card. Olympic Sites Passports and score cards are available at any of the Olympic sites and Score Cards are available at the Visitors Bureau Information Center.
Score cards can be turned in at the ORDA store on Main Street in Lake Placid, and prizes can be redeemed with receipts and score cards at the store or at the Information Booth near the main entrance to the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
Bronze - Complete 3 activities –– Winter Challenge Pin!
Silver – Complete 6 activities – Winter Challenge T-shirt and Pin!
Gold – Complete 10 activities – 2 Whiteface Lift Tickets, Winter Challenge T-Shirt and Pin!
For updates and contest details visit www.lakeplacid.com/sochi-lake-placid
Bobsled - Steve Holcomb taken by Charlie Booker
Mogul skiing - Hannah Kearney taken by US Ski Team
Alpine skiing - Andrew Weibrecht taken by Steven Nyman