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Lake Placid Celebrating Winter Olympic Heritage In February

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Lake Placid plans to celebrate its Olympic heritage throughout February.
The Empire State Winter Games opening ceremony is Thursday at Herb Brooks Arena. About 2,500 athletes are expected to compete in more than 30 events across 17 sports.

The Adirondack Mountain village, which hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and 1980, will take on a familiar look during the Winter Games in South Korea. The cauldron used in 1980 will be relit after a local torch run and Main Street will be decorated in red, white and blue and adorned with welcome flags.

February also features Winterfest, which will include meet-and-greets with former Olympians. Among them is speed-skater Eric Heiden, who won five gold medals in Lake Placid in 1980.

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