A tourist destination since the late 1800s, Lake Placid has been the home to several major competitions such as the Winter Olympics, Ironman USA and the Goodwill Games.  The pristine mountains, lakes and streams that inundate this corner of northeast New York, other factors that help draw over 1.8 million visitors annually.
            Having presented the 1932 and 1980 games, Lake Placid shares the distinction of being one of only three communities to host two Winter Olympics with Innsbruck, Austria, and St. Moritz, Switzerland.
            At the 1932 Winter Olympic games, Jack Shea became the first athelet to win two gold medals at the same Olympics.  Shea, who was from Lake Placid, won the medals in speed skating.  Many other legendary Olympians competed including Sonja Henie, in figure skating, and Billy Fiske, in the four-person bobsled competition.
            History was made once again in Lake Placid during the 1980 games.  The U.S. Hockey team defeated the Soviet Union by a score of 4-3 in what is considered one of the greatest moments in sports history, and is often referred to as "The Miracle on Ice."

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