Lake Placid 1980, Lake Placid Links.
XIII Winter Olympic Games.
The highlight of the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York,
(for the home crowd at least) was the 'shock' victory of the US ice hockey team - dubbed
'The Miracle on Ice'.
Elsewhere, Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark won both the giant slalom and the
slalom and Hanni Wenzel repeated the feat in the womens races; as Liechtenstein
became the smallest nation with an Olympic champion.
Pairs skater Irina Rodnina and Ulrich Wehling (in the Nordic combined)
both won gold medals for the third time; while Aleksandr Tikhonov claimed a fourth
consecutive gold in the biathlon relay.
It was three gold medals in cross-country skiing for Nikolay Zimyatov
and Eric Heiden, of the United States, cleaned up with all five, speed skating races; from
500 metres right up to 10,000 metres.
The Russian relay specialist, Aleksandr
Tikhonov, became the only winter athlete to win the same event four times.
Skating with Aleksandr Zaytsev for the second time, Irina Rodnina
won her third consecutive pairs skating gold medal.
Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling,
Ice Hockey, Luge,
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Lake Placid Olympic
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State
of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake
Getting to Lake Placid
The airport is located in Lake Clear, 16 miles from Lake Placid.
On the New York to Montreal route, Amtrak's nearest station is in Westport; 40 miles from
Lake Placid. There's a bus connection from Westport.
Offering service between Lake Placid, Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, Albany, and New York
City. The bus terminal is at 2634 Main Street.
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