40th Anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics
Thu, 02/13/20, Fri, 02/14/20, Sat, 02/15/20, Sun, 02/16/20, Mon, 02/17/20, Tue, 02/18/20, Wed, 02/19/20, Thu, 02/20/20, Fri, 02/21/20, Sat, 02/22/20, Sun, 02/23/20

The 1980 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIII Olympic Winter Games, was celebrated from February 13 - 24, 1980 right here in Lake Placid! This was the second time the village hosted the Games and the magnificence of the event was unmatched. The heroics of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team’s improbable win over the Russians, known as the “Miracle on Ice,” and speed skater Eric Heiden’s five gold medals helped make the 1980 Lake Placid Games one for the ages, one with an enduring legacy.

Lake Placid will be celebrating athletes from the original winter games and athletes moving towards Olympic goals all week long -- the exact week that the 1980 Winter Olympics took place.

Friday, February 14

  • Dale of Norway Trunk Show, Ruthie's Run, all day
  • American Cup Short Track Speed Skating. Watch the precision and excitement of international short track speed skating, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Olympic Center
  • Torch Run 5 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony, Horse show Grounds 5:45. This event will include speeches, fireworks, and the torch lighting. Presented in partnership with Hurley Brothers Fuel. Torch will be list at 6:15

Saturday, February 15

  • Dale of Norway Trunk Show, Ruthie's Run, all day 
  • Skate With Your Heart, R. Dennis Allen Cardiac Prevention Fund Free Skate, 10 a.m. in the Olympic Center
  • Learn to Curl! 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mirror Lake Beach House
  • Meet the Athletes - Luge. Interact with past, present, and future luge athletes, hear their stories and learn about the sport. Includes photo opportunities and autograph session! 12 p.m. at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg - Lamy Lodge
  • American Cup Short Track Speed Skating. Watch the precision and excitement of international short track speedskating at the Olympic Center, 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by NBT Bank. Hot cocoa, s'mores, and more!

Sunday, February 16

  • Dale of Norway Trunk Show, Ruthie's Run, all day 
  • American Cup Short Track Speed Skating. Watch the precision and excitement of international short track speedskating from 8:30 am -5 pm at The American Cup Short Track Speed Skating
  • Discover Biathlon with Olympian Tim Burke. 1 p.m. at the Mt Van Hoevenburg Olympic Center
  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by Shipman Youth Center.
  • 1980's trivia night, Lake Placid Conference Center, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lake Placid.

Monday, February 17

  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by NY Ski Education Federation
  • Past, Present, and Future Athlete Forum, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18

Wednesday, February 19

  • Last Chair at Whiteface with Olympians Andrew Weibrecht & Thomas Vonn 2:30 p.m. Take a run or two with Olympians Andrew Weibrecht and Thomas Vonn. Then join them at the Cloudspin Lounge for refreshments and 80's music with Sound King DJ. Sponsored by Whiteface/NYSEF 
  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by Lake Placid Baptist Church.
  • Disney's "Miracle" movie, Palace Theatre, 7 p.m. There will be free popcorn. Maybe even a guest appearance by an 80s hockey player(s)!
  • Pub Crawl to local taverns, details soon! Commemorative pint glasses at participating locations. Collect the entire series! Brought to you by Lake Placid Craft Brewers.

Thursday, February 20

  • Bobsled Experience, Olympic Sports Complex. Join U.S. Bobsled Federation athletes! 12 p.m.
  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by Pure Placid. 

Friday, February 21

  • Discover Biathlon with Olympian Lowell Bailey at Mt Van Hoevenburg, 1 p.m.
  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.
  • 80s Family Fun Party, Olympic Jumping Complex, 7 p.m. There will be music, dancing, a DJ, food, fireworks and special appearances by ski jumpers! 

Saturday, February 22

  • Arts, Crafts, and Meet & Greet with Dan Jansen, Lake Placid Library, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Create art and share stories.  
  • Meet the Athletes - Skeleton. Interact with past, present, and future skeleton athletes, hear their stories, and learn about the sport. There will be photo opportunities and an autograph session. Olympic Sports Complex - Lamy Lodge 12 p.m.
  • Vintage 1980 Wine Tasting, Terry Robards Wine & Spirits, 2 - 4 p.m. 
  • "Fun Zone," Mid's Park, 4 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by 93.3/102. The MIX and Adirondack 105
  • Book Signing with Author Mike Burgess at The Bookstore Plus, 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Book Signing with Author Wayne Coffey at The Bookstore Plus 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Meet and Greet with Dan Jansen, High Peaks Resort, 7 p.m. Hear inspirational stories and meet 4-time Olympian Dan Jansen!

Sunday, February 23

  • Lake Placid Baptist Church Special 40th Anniversary Service:  "Olympic Beginnings, The Birth of a Church." 10:15 a.m.
  • Community Artifact Night, Conference Center of Lake Placid from 6 - 8 p.m.
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