The Winter Olympics begin this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter games and is now a key training site for U.S. athletes. Olympic Regional Development Authority Spokesman Jon Lundin speaks about the athletes from the region and their medal potential.
“It was announced through the governor’s office that 22 Olympians and Paralympians from New York state will be on the U.S. Olympic team," Lundin says. "And the U.S. Olympic team is actually sending one of its largest delegations ever of 242 athletes. I can’t tell you exactly how many of those athletes have come through Lake Placid but what I can tell you is that if you are a winter Olympian or you want to be a winter Olympian at some point or another you’re going to have to have passed through Lake Placid to either have trained or competed. So a large number of those athletes who will be going to Pyeongchang will have been in Lake Placid at some time or another.”
Team USA includes eight athletes from Connecticut, 13 from Massachusetts, four from New Hampshire and 13 from Vermont.