While many areas of the United States have been suffering blizzards and floods in recent weeks, construction crews working on the 1980 Winter Olympics site at Lake Placid, New York, have made steady progress in unseasonably mild weather.
GV 70-metre tower under construction (2 shots)
CU Workmen looking up at tower
GV PULL BACK View from top of tower and workers on top
GV PAN FROM Workers TO landing area beneath
SV PAN UP FROM Rain puddle TO nearly completed 70-metre tower
GV Completed 70-metre tower with 90-metre tower being built beside it
GV PAN FROM 90 metre tower under construction and completed 70 metre tower TO speed skating track and new field house under construction
GV PAN & CU Olympic village under construction (6 shots)
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Background: While many areas of the United States have been suffering blizzards and floods in recent weeks, construction crews working on the 1980 Winter Olympics site at Lake Placid, New York, have made steady progress in unseasonably mild weather.
SYNOPSIS: Back in 1932, Lake Placid held its first Winter Olympics, for which a single 70-metre ski jump was built at Intervale. That same jump was still being used at the end of last year's winter sports season.
Now, the old tower has been scrapped, and work on two new jumps is well under way. The scheme was a little slow off the mark -- a two-month hearing of environmental objections took place before any work could begin. Construction crews have caught up with the original progress targets, thanks to the unus??? absence of heavy snow.
The new 70-metre tower was built first and now workmen a concentrating on the 90-metre tower that will stand along??? it. The two runs will join together at the bottom of the descent, saving the expense??? two landing hills. The st??? runs will be built next Sp??? and the organisers hope the whole complex will be open??? jumping in the Winter of ???? On other Olympic sites here, work is also on schedule.
The 400-metre speed skating oval should be ready for the World Sprint Championships next February and designs have almost been completed for the athletes' village, scheduled for completion next Autumn. The builders are cherishing their present luck with the weather. At this latitude, they can expect heavy snow to impede, or stop, work for the first three months of the year. And they remember that last winter was the worst for more than a century throughout the northern stretches of the United States.