Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum

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Lake Placid Olympic Museum
LocationLake Placid, New York, United States
Visitors25,000-35,000 annually
WebsiteLake Placid Olympic Museum

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum commemorates the 1932 Winter Olympics and 1980 Winter Olympics, which were based in the Olympic village of Lake Placid. It is the only Olympic museum in the United States[1] and is a part of the work of New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority in the Lake Placid Olympic Region. Lake Placid is the only North American city to have hosted two separate Winter Olympics.[2]

The museum, which was opened by New York State in 1994,[3] is located within the Olympic Center. Its collection includes the "Fram III" bobsled from the 1932 Olympic Games which had been missing for more than sixty years prior to being donated to the museum,[4][5] the skates used by Jack Shea in the same games,[6] as well as memorabilia from the 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey team.[7][8] The museum also hosted the Olympic torch when it traveled the United States prior to the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.[9] In addition to hosting the Lake Placid film forum,[10] the museum's collection also provided materials for the 2004 movie Miracle, which focused on the 1980 hockey team.[8]

The museum was the recipient of the 2005 Olympic Cup, one of the oldest awards given by the International Olympic Committee,[11] which recognizes institutions that have been active in the service of sport, and have contributed to the development of the Olympic Movement.[12] It has benefited from and is augmented by the other Olympic institutions and programs located in and around Lake Placid[13][14] which form part of former Governor Pataki's promotion of Lake Placid as a tourism destination.[15] The museum draws between 25,000 and 35,000 visitors each year.[16]


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  2. ^ Associates Press (2007-02-11). "Lake Placid Commemorates Its Jump into the Olympics". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  3. ^ Mary Mcaleer Vizard (1994-10-16). "There's Change in the Air for the Alpine Lake Placid". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  4. ^ Matt Michael (2002-09-15). "Lake Placid's Miracle Bobsled". The Post-Standard. Archived from the original on 2006-12-25. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  5. ^ "A Wild Ride". Lancaster New Era. 2002-11-01. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  6. ^ "Gold-medal Skates? Not so Fast". Deseret News. 2002-03-22. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  7. ^ Ned P. Rauch (2004-01-17). "The Real Miracle". The Press Republican. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  8. ^ a b Rebecca Steffan (2008-01-05). "Exploring Lake Placid's Olympic Legacy". Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Retrieved 2008-06-02.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Olympic Torch to Stop in Two-time Host City Lake Placid". AP Worldstream. 2001-11-30. Retrieved 2008-06-02.[dead link]
  10. ^ Ned P. Rauch (2002-06-07). "Placid Film Forum Opens with Verve". The Press Republican. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  11. ^ "Museum Receives International Honor". Capital News 9. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  12. ^ "Olympic Museum Cited". The Press Republican. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  13. ^ Gary A. Warner (2000-01-30). "Winter Wonders of Lake Placid". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  14. ^ Ned P. Rauch (2002-02-26). "Shea Family Store New L.P. Shrine". The Press Republican. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  15. ^ Ned P. Rauch (2004-11-30). "ORDA a Favorite Target for State Funds". The Press Republican. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  16. ^ "Legacies of North American Olympic Winter Games" (PDF). Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 2007-04-30. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-02.

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Coordinates: 44°17′03″N 73°59′05″W / 44.2840759°N 73.9847016°W / 44.2840759; -73.9847016