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The History of Ski Jumping in Lake Placid

The HS 100-meter and HS 128-meter ski jump towers on a bright winter day with the Adirondack High Peaks in the background.

Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex to Take the World Stage – Once Again The Origins, Evolution, and Investment in the Sport of Ski Jumping in Lake Placid Lake Placid’s ski jumps are iconic. Athletes, locals, and visitors alike all marvel at the towers. No one is immune to being awe-struck by the courage of the… Read more »

James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval Now Open

The newly reconstructed James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval

UPGRADES OF HISTORIC JAMES C. SHEFFIELD SPEED SKATING OVAL NOW COMPLETE NEWLY RENOVATED ORDA FACILITY OPENING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23rd The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) announced its completion of an extensive transformation of the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval at the Olympic Center. After a 10-month construction project, the 400-meter Oval will welcome back visitors… Read more »

Bobsled in New York and the North Country: The Fastest Run of All

Eugenio Monti 4-man Sled 1961 World Championships

By the beginning of the 1960’s, the bobsled track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg had hosted, an Olympics, a World Championship and countless other national and international events.  In 1961, the track had the opportunity to host a second Bobsled World Championships. At the time, the vast majority of American bobsled athletes were Adirondack locals, and… Read more »

Bobsled in New York and the North Country: American Bobsledding Dominance

1949 Bobsled World Championships

The construction of the first track in the United States, at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid and hosting  the 1932 Olympic Winter Games set the stage for American bobsledding dominance. In fact, by the time Lake Placid hosted its first World Championships in 1949, the vast majority of bobsled athletes were Adirondack locals. Perhaps… Read more »

Bobsled in New York and the North Country: The Early Days

Constructing Bobsled Track in late 1920's

When you think of the sport of bobsledding, you think of Switzerland or Germany, certainly not New York State.  But New York has a much unknown history of its impact on the sport. Bobsledding is rumored to have started in Albany, New York, before being introduced to Switzerland. Newspaper reports confirm that Albany once held… Read more »

Dak To The Future

1980 Herb Brooks Area scoreboard in black and white

Often, those who enter the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY envision a packed house, chants and cheers of “USA!” on repeat, waving flags and the palpable excitement of the 1980 Winter Olympics “Miracle on Ice” hockey game. For the next 37 years, athletes, coaches, referees, spectators and visitors looked up to see… Read more »

A Lake Placid Legend: Charles Jewtraw

Born in 1900, Lake Placid’s Charles Jewtraw never dreamed of someday being an Olympic champion, especially because there were no Olympic Winter Games until 1924. But as fate would have it, not only did he become an Olympic champion but the first ever in the Winter Games. The first modern day Olympic Games took place… Read more »

ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship | Mar 17

ECAC Championships in the Olympic Center

Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18, 2023 Lake Placid is the home of the ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship, and each year the best teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference come to the 1980 Herb Brooks arena to claim the top spot and move on to the NCAA DI Championships. If you like the… Read more »

Keeping The Cup

My official title? Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame. But to the hockey world… I’m the Keeper of the Cup. How did I get here? I majored in sports administration in college and during my senior year, I interned with the Ontario Hockey League, which eventually connected me with the Hockey Hall of Fame…. Read more »