Olympic history lives in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (WJAR) —
History is on display at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum in upstate New York.
"Every object has this incredible story behind it," museum staff member Alison Haas said. "It's our mission to tell the world about the Olympic movement and also Lake Placid's rich winter sports history."
Cornerstones of that history: Olympic Winter Games were held here in 1932 and again in 1980.
This village with a population of fewer than 3,000 people has plenty of pride and talent.
"We have sent an athlete to every Winter Olympics since the beginning, so that we're proud of," Haas said.
Visitors will find a lot of memorabilia, like old figure skating outfits, in the museum. But the section from 1980 is by far the most popular.
"They're here to see and learn about the Miracle on Ice," Haas said.
The U.S. men's hockey team upset the Soviet Union in the semifinal round on its way to a gold medal.
The shocking victory led to lots of emotion.
"If you could bottle that up," said Haas.
People in the Lake Placid area during that iconic game say it didn't take long for the roaring celebration inside the arena to be felt well beyond its walls.
"The streets were filled it was just constant celebrations," Haas said. "It's such a rich sports history that we have and that we try to share with others coming to visit us."