Legacies of Lake Placid Games still delivering after 27 years



    Volume One of Legacies of North American Winter Games report released
    today

    VANCOUVER, April 30 /CNW/ - The first volume of a report commissioned by
the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) shows the legacies of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games
are still a powerful contributor to the community 27 years after the Closing
Ceremony.
    The Lake Placid report, which was released today at vancouver2010.com, is
the first of three volumes of the Legacies of North American Olympic Winter
Games report commissioned by VANOC. The remaining two volumes of the report
will be released over the next month continuing with the Calgary report on May
7, and the Salt Lake report on May 14.
    The Lake Placid report is based on research obtained from many documents
including newspaper and magazine articles, official reports, studies, books,
and original interviews to outline the legacies to the host community of the
1980 Games. Key among the findings are a number of impressive economic and
sport legacies including the following:

    
    -   In the 2004-05 fiscal year, 25 years after the Lake Placid 1980
        Olympic Winter Games, the overall economic impact of the Olympic
        Regional Development Authority's (ORDA) operations to the village and
        surrounding counties was $323.7 million USD.
    -   In 2004, an estimated 333,535 non-resident visitors used ORDA
        facilities. The direct impact of visitor spending on the local
        economy that year was more than $310 million USD, resulting in
        1,056.6 jobs.
    -   Almost 90 per cent of the U.S. Olympic Team members at the Torino
        2006 Olympic Winter Games had gone through training in Lake Placid at
        some time during their sports careers.
    -   Lake Placid hosts an average of five World Cups every year, in
        addition to numerous other competitions.
    -   33 of the 34 medals awarded to the U.S. Olympic Team at the Salt Lake
        2002 Olympic Winter Games were won by athletes who trained in Lake
        Placid.
    

    Additional report highlights are included in the Lake Placid Fact Sheet
included with this news release.
    "As a community that has twice hosted the Olympic Winter Games, Lake
Placid continues to enjoy human and economic benefits and lasting legacies,"
said VANOC CEO John Furlong. "We are encouraged by the findings of this report
and excited about the opportunities the Games present for future generations.
Clearly, the Games have the potential of producing so much more than two
months of stellar sport performance," he concluded.
    "The State of New York was honoured to host the world at the 1980 Olympic
Winter Games, and we continue to welcome visitors from around the world to the
Lake Placid region today," said Sandy Caligiore, Communications Director for
the State's Olympic Regional Development Authority. "The positive economic and
social impact of the Games is very real and very alive to this day," he added.
    VANOC commissioned the Legacies of North American Winter Games report
believing the most appropriate model for understanding the potential legacies
of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is the experiences
of other Winter Games held within the North American context since 1980. The
independently-written reports offer detailed look back on the experiences of
previous North American Olympic Winter Games hosts.
    The Legacies reports, separately and combined, show how the host
communities of Olympic Winter Games in North America continue to:

    
    -   increase tourism in their regions
    -   remind the world of their attractions at subsequent international
        competition
    -   build sports participation
    -   be national hubs for recreational and competitive sport
    -   help the country's top athletes achieve their full potential
    -   attract major sports companies to locate there
    -   encourage local children to excel in sport and other areas of life
    

    "The report shows that, on a continent where enthusiasm for and
participation in winter sports is widespread, hosting a successful Winter
Games can have numerous, multi-faceted benefits, many of which last for
generations to come," said Furlong.
    "VANOC is determined to continue this trend, delivering an outstanding
Games experience in 2010 and legacies that will continue to benefit the
community for many generations to come," he concluded.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

    About the Lasting Legacies Report and Author

    VANOC commissioned the research and writing of The Legacies of North
American Olympic Winter Games report in July 2006. The researcher and author,
Kate Zimmerman, has been a journalist in Canada for 27 years, writing for
numerous newspapers and magazines. She lives in North Vancouver, BC.


    
    Fact Sheet
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               Legacies of North American Olympic Winter Games
                        Volume One: Lake Placid, 1980

    QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE 1980 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (source: IOC):
    Dates: Feb. 13 to 24, 1980
    37 NOCs (Nations)
    1,072 athletes (232 women, 840 men)
    38 events
    6,703 volunteers

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LASTING LEGACIES REPORT

    -   In 2000, the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the
        State of New York opened the first non-Olympic Games bobsleigh,
        skeleton and luge track in North America, a $24-million structure
        that has been hosting World Cups ever since.

    -   In the 2004-05 fiscal year, 25 years after the Lake Placid 1980
        Olympic Winter Games, the overall economic impact of the Olympic
        Regional Development Authority's operations to the village and the
        counties surrounding it was $323.7 million USD.

    -   In 2004, an estimated 333,535 non-resident visitors patronized ORDA
        facilities. The direct impact of visitor spending on the local
        economy that year was more than $310 million USD, resulting in
        1,056.6 jobs.

    -   Almost 90 per cent of the U.S. Olympic Team at the Torino 2006
        Olympic Winter Games had gone through training in Lake Placid at some
        time during their sports careers.

    -   20 of the U.S. medallists at the Torino Olympic Winter Games trained
        in Lake Placid.

    -   33 of the 34 medals awarded to the U.S. Olympic Team at the Salt Lake
        2002 Olympic Winter Games were won by athletes who trained in Lake
        Placid.

    -   Lake Placid has had at least one local athlete at every Olympic
        Winter Games since they began in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

    -   125 Lake Placid-area athletes have competed in the Olympic Winter
        Games

    -   One of the most famous Lake Placid-trained American athletes is 1976
        Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill.

    -   Four Lake Placid-area native athletes competed in the Torino 2006
        Olympic Winter Games.

    -   U.S. speed skater Eric Heiden set a record in Lake Placid in 1980 at
        the age of 21 that has yet to be beaten by another individual
        athlete-five gold medals.

    -   The U.S. luge, bobsleigh and skeleton teams are based in Lake Placid.
        The village also functions as a home away from home for the U.S.
        women's ice hockey team, which frequently holds its camps there.

    -   Lake Placid hosts an average of five World Cups every year, in
        addition to numerous other competitions. In 2006-07, it is slated to
        stage the World Cups in bobsleigh, skeleton, freestyle skiing and
        snowboard.

    -   The Lake Placid 1980 Games featured the "Miracle on Ice," in which a
        seventh-seeded U.S. hockey team largely made up of collegiate players
        was coached by Herb Brooks to adopt a European mode of play. It
        ultimately defeated the Soviet team and went on to beat Finland and
        take the gold medal.

    -   Two movies have been made about the "Miracle on Ice"-one TV movie in
        1981 starring Karl Malden as Herb Brooks and another in 2004 starring
        Kurt Russell as the coach. HBO made a documentary about the game, and
        it was also featured in the final episode of the PBS series People's
        Century, "Fast Forward."

    -   Through its mission of promoting education and year round sport and
        recreation, ORDA continues to offer adults and children programs.
        Since 1995, over 65,000 people of all ages, have participated in
        sport programs at Games sport venues and 650 schools in New York
        state and Vermont organize field trips to allow students to attend
        sports clinics, meet high performance athletes, tour the facilities,
        and use the venues to advance learning in key areas such as event
        management and physics.

    -   The Lake Placid National Sports Academy, started in 1977 in a hotel
        built for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, has a regular enrollment of
        80 students and alumni that includes 14 Olympians. Northwood School,
        which has 17 Olympic athletes as alumni, makes full use of the
        Olympic training facilities for its student athletes and future
        Olympians.
    





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