For the ski community of Lake Placid, just below the Canadian border, hosting the next Winter Olympics in 1980 is not just a challenge-it's a chance to become North America's leading winter sports venue.
AERIAL GV Town of Lake Placid.
GV Lake Placid main street with PAN AWAY to lake and Adirondack Mountains
GV Old speed skating track with DISSOLVE TO construction work on new track and back to speed skater. (3 shots)
VARIOUS SHOTS OF Construction of new frozen speed skating arena with freezer pipes. (7 shots)
VARIOUS SHOTS OF Proposed new skating and hockey arena alongside speed skating arena. (3 shots)
CU Start of the bob run. (2 shots)
VARIOUS SHOTS Of the old bob run, including downhill camera run. (11 shots)
GVs Of Luge competitors using old Olympic run. (2 shots)
CU Course of new luge run. (4 shots)
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A SECOND VISNEWS REPORT ON THE PROGRESS IN LAKE PLACID IS TO FOLLOW
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Background: For the ski community of Lake Placid, just below the Canadian border, hosting the next Winter Olympics in 1980 is not just a challenge-it's a chance to become North America's leading winter sports venue.
SYNOPSIS: Lake Placid is a long way from anywhere. New York is some six hours drive away and the nearest town, Plattsburg, means 45 minutes motoring through the Adirondack Mountains that enclose the town. Yet for 12 days in 1980 the world will focus upon this secluded dot on the map.
Then, for the second time in its history, Lake Placid will host the Winter Olympics. Of course the needs of the sport have changed beyond recognition since the Olympians came here before in 1932.
Where it has always been Lake Placid's way to spray on water to create a speed-skating track, now massive reconstruction is underway. Special freezer pipes will allow Lake Placid to promote speed-skating all year round-a point that has special significance for the Olympic organising committee there.
They see Lake Placid not only as an Olympic town but as a major venue for winter sports in North America. They cannot hope to become another Innsbruck or Grenoble in the near future but new facilities will certainly beat anything else in this part of the USA.
A multi-million dollar scheme is planned for two new skating arenas situated between the old Olympic site and the new speed skating track. That's a proposal which the United States Senate has backed with several million dollars from Federal funds.
One aspect of Lake Placid that will not change is the bob-sled run. Used in 1932, this wooden-sided run will again be the scene of an Olympic highlight in little over two years time. But there will be one important difference.
The organisers felt a new luge run was needed this time round so they plan to build one following the path marked out by the bob-sled run. The planning behind Lake Placid's Olympic venture may seem ambitious for a small town-but it's the kind of thinking that could produce world class winter Olympians in North America in the not too distant future.