I love the Olympics especially the Winter Olympics. GI grew up just 10 miles south of Lake Placid home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. I’m sure many of you know about the 1980 Men’s hockey team who upset Russia and brought home a very unlikely gold medal. Being so close to the Olympics was interesting to watch growing up.
This is a small town, and one of few if not the only Olympic Venue where you can see the Bob run, ski jumps, Ice arena, and Whiteface Mountain all at the same time. I have had the privilege to see the venues up close. I have stood on the rink where the miracle on ice happened, I have ridden the bobsled from the half mile where you get the experience from half way and half the speed.
I have been at the bottom and the top of Whiteface where My hometown native of a population of 500 people Tommy Biesemeyer trained and is competing in his first Olympics this year in Alpine skiing, and I have stood at the halfway mark of the ski jump and watched guys go down and said to myself there ain’t no way I would ever do that.
Many national competitions are still held in Lake Placid and its amazing to see the athletes compete first hand. These people have a special drive and dedication to be able to compete at an Olympic scale. So I hope you all enjoy the Olympics as much as I do. Sit back and enjoy the pure emotion and competitiveness these men and women display.
What do you enjoy about the Winter Olympics? Let us know AFTER THE JUMP!