Al Michaels, Vassar, Olympics discussed on All Things Considered


The rate holds eighty five hundred they estimated there's over twelve thousand people stopped in there just for that one game a tape of that game plays on repeat at lake placid's Winter Olympic museum BBC sports commentator al Michaels marking what's now considered one of the greatest moments in American sports history but Vassar who has worked here at the museum for the last twenty years he says that was not the only break out moment of the nineteen eighty Olympics the hockey was huge what they did but there was a bigger event here that was called Eric Heiden the American speed skater took home five gold medals at Lake Placid Haydn is still the most successful winter athlete at a single Olympics today people come from all over the world to see these hallowed grounds okay so when you walked in here you said this is six what what's it like to be standing here it's it's incredible rain Quinlivan is visiting from New York City just like blown away but it actually happened here when the man and his family are among the millions of tourists Lake Placid sees each year people come here to downhill ski or hike the Adirondacks Lake Placid also hosts all kinds of sporting events from across in the summer to bobsled and luge in the winter which Martin works for the town it's pretty amazing that this small community has done that just up stairs right now our whole hosting a short track speed skating event number number one skaters from around the U. S. and Canada competing here Martin says shore the town's Olympic legacy helps but he says none of it would be possible without hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from New York state there is no way we could ever be able to handle this we probably would have been stuck with three ice arenas and maybe shut down to New York just announced an additional two hundred forty million dollars to upgrade lake placid's Olympic venues but this little mountain town pays a different kind of price for its success there are so many tourists that popular hiking trails nearby.

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