Lake Placid’s Winter Olympics glory topic of talk

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As Sochi, Russia, basks in the Olympic spirit this month, the tiny village of Lake Placid continues to celebrate its time on the international stage.

Andy Flynn, editor of the Lake Placid News, will reflect on the village’s roots as a winter sports resort and its status as the only U.S. community to host two Olympic Winter Games – 1932 and 1980 – on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. Flynn’s talk is free and open to the public.

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, the village of 2,600 residents is home to a U.S. Olympic Training Center, international competition venues and tourist attractions including the historic Olympic sites.

The Olympic Region has sent athletes to every Winter Games since they began in 1924 and has a contingent competing in Sochi.

An award-winning author, publisher and editor, Flynn founded Hungry Bear Publishing. He has published eight books, including the Adirondack Attic series and his latest, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories and New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide.

He also produces the Adirondack Attic radio show, which airs monthly on North Country Public Radio.

Flynn’s talk is sponsored by the Kelly Adirondack Center.

Set on several acres three miles from campus in Niskayuna, the center includes a historic 2,400 square-foot home built by noted conservationist Paul Schaefer in 1934 that is used for offices and meetings.

A 3,900 square-foot addition contains additional offices, conference rooms and the Adirondack Research Library, which boasts the largest collection of material outside of the Adirondack Park, including rare books, maps, photographs, documents and the personal papers of some of the region's foremost conservationists.