The James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink is an artificial ice track for speedskating in Lake Placid, New York, United States (US). The arena hosted the speedskating events at both the 1932 (six of the twelve ice hockey matches) and 1980 Winter Olympics. During the time between the two Olympics events, the rink hosted Lake Placid High School football games.
The rink, which is located in the same area as Lake Placid High School, was built as a skating rink for the Winter Olympics in 1932. Besides "speed drills", the arena was also used for the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, the starting- and end-point for cross-country exercises and dog racing (demonstration branch), and ice hockey matches. The Tribune section of the rink was capable of accommodating 7,500 spectators and was demolished following the completion of the Olympics.
Two weeks after the 1932 Olympics, the 1932 World Allround Speed Skating Championships was held at the rink and the venue was subsequently reused for other sports. International skating competitions have not been held at the rink since the Olympics.
The city was awarded the 1980 Winter Olympics in 1974, at a time when an artificial ice track was being constructed (this was opened in late-fall of 1977). The first international championship to be held at the new rink was the women's 1978 World Sprint Speed Skating Championship.
During the 1980 Olympics competition, Eric Heiden won five gold medals and set a world record in the 10,000-meter event, with a score of 14.28,13—the only world record to have been achieved at the rink.
The women's 1989 Allround World Championships was held at the rink but an international championship has not occurred at the rink since this time.
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- Chamonix, 1924
- St. Moritz, 1928
- Lake Placid, 1932
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1936
- St. Moritz, 1948
- Oslo, 1952
- Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1956
- Squaw Valley, 1960
- Innsbruck, 1964
- Grenoble, 1968
- Sapporo, 1972
- Innsbruck, 1976
- Lake Placid, 1980
- Sarajevo, 1984
- Calgary, 1988
- Albertville, 1992
- Lillehammer, 1994
- Nagano, 1998
- Salt Lake City, 2002
- Turin, 2006
- Vancouver, 2010
- Sochi, 2014
- Pyeongchang, 2018
NOTE: During the Olympic Games, venues that have naming rights sold may not use their name during the Olympic Games.
- 1920: Palais de Glace d'Anvers
- 1924: Stade Olympique de Chamonix
- 1928: St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
- 1932: Olympic Arena (final), Olympic Stadium
- 1936: Olympia-Kunsteisstadion (final), Riessersee
- 1948: Kulm, Olympic Stadium (final), Suvretta
- 1952: Dæhlenenga, Jordal Amfi (final), Kadettangen, Lillestrøm stadion, Marienlyst stadion
- 1956: Apollonino Stadium, Lo Stadio del ghiaccio
- 1960: Blyth Arena (final), Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink
- 1964: Messehalle, Olympiahalle
- 1968: La Patinoire Municipale, Le Stade de Glace
- 1972: Makomanai Ice Arena (final), Tsukisamu Indoor Skating Rink
- 1976: Messehalle, Olympiahalle (final)
- 1980: Olympic Center
- 1984: Skenderija II Hall, Zetra Ice Hall (final)
- 1988: Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, Olympic Saddledome (final), Stampede Corral
- 1992: Méribel Ice Palace
- 1994: Gjøvik Olympic Cavern Hall, Håkon Hall (final)
- 1998: Aqua Wing, Big Hat (final)
- 2002: E Center (final), Peaks Ice Arena
- 2006: Palasport Olimpico (final), Torino Esposizioni
- 2010: Rogers Arena (final), UBC Thunderbird Arena
- 2014: Bolshoy Ice Dome (final), Shayba Arena
- 2018: Union Hockey Centre (final), Kwandong University Arena