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Lake Placid is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics.  A number of athletes who competed are returning to the village to reminisce and reacquaint with residents who helped organize or volunteered during the games.  Three people who worked behind the scenes during the games spoke with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley this week.  Marina LaDuke was a press photographer — among those selected to travel to Greece on Air Force 2 to get the Olympic flame.

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It’s 1980 in Lake Placid. A cauldron is lit and from February 13th to the 24th more than a thousand athletes from 37 countries compete in 38 events during the second winter Olympics held in the village.  Eric Heiden makes Olympic history, winning five individual gold medals in speed skating. Ice skaters Scott Hamilton, Robin Cousins, Tai Babilonia and other team members entrance the world.  The Miracle on Ice stuns even the winning players.

Four decades later, Lake Placid and the Olympic Regional Development Authority are marking the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1980 games.  ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the celebrations will begin with a torch run and cauldron lighting.

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Winter Olympic alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht won a bronze medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and a silver medal in 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Lake Placid native, nicknamed The Warhorse, announced in May that he would retire from competitive racing.  But he says leaving competitive skiing doesn’t mean he isn’t busy.

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The closing ceremonies of the 2018 winter Olympics are Sunday and the athletes will return home with medals and memories. Communities in our region are planning to celebrate the local athletes who competed in a number of sports.

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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.

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An American flag that once flew over a Vermont town's fire department is heading to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The small village of Norwich, Vermont, has an unusual knack for creating Olympians. Despite only having about three thousand residents, they have sent an athlete to nearly every Winter Olympics in the past thirty years, and three times the athlete has returned with a medal.

But according to our next guest, this unusually high success rate is not the result of tiger moms and eagle dads – it’s the result of a community culture of supportive, hands-off parenting that encourages children to enjoy themselves and try everything, without any emphasis on winning.

Karen Crouse is an award-winning New York Times reporter who stumbled upon this quiet village that has the secret to not only raising better athletes, but happier and healthier kids. Her new book is "Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence."

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The USA Luge team is competing in World Cup races across the globe.  During a stop this week in Norway, several members held a conference call to discuss their preparations for February’s Winter Olympics.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday that USA Luge will keep its headquarters in the Adirondack community. Cuomo said the decision by the organization yesterday will create jobs and "inspire the next generation of Olympians in New York State."

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Quebec City's mayor is investigating the possibility of a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and has reached out to officials in Lake Placid regarding use of the region's facilities.

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In college basketball, Siena defeated Rider 69-60 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Siena women’s team fell to Fairfield 57-47.

In top 25 action, No. 11 Creighton beat Seton Hall 72-71. No. 20 Michigan topped No. 13 Michigan St. 79-70 and No. 21 UConn fell to SMU 64-55.

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In college basketball, it was a close one but Siena narrowly avoided defeat Monday night. After trailing by 16 points to last-place Fairfield in the first half, the Saints rallied to beat the Stags 77-75 at Times Union Center snapping a two-game losing streak.

Led by No. 1 Syracuse, the top six teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll are the same this week as last. Following the 23-0 Orange, who are a unanimous choice to be No. 1, are Arizona, Florida, Wichita State, San Diego State and Villanova.