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Lake Placid 1980 - 13th to 24th February

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 women’s 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.

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Lake Placid poster from the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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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 Placid.

Getting to Lake Placid

Adirondack Regional Airport: (SLK)
The airport is located in Lake Clear, 16 miles from Lake Placid.

Amtrak Adirondack:
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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