LAKE PLACID – As is the case every four years, the road to the Winter Games will run through Lake Placid in Upstate NY. This winter will be no different as it was recently announced that the Olympic trials in ski jumping and Nordic combined will be held here on Dec. 24-25. This is great news for visitors who will be here at that time.
Nordic combined is a two-part event: ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
The competition sites are within five miles of the Mirror Lake Inn: you can find the modernized and updated Olympic Jumping Complex on the edge of Lake Placid on Rt. 73, while the Olympic Sports Complex, featuring a brand new 55,000 square foot lodge, less than a 10-minute drive from the Inn.
On those pressure-packed days in late December, at stake will be berths on Team USA headed to Beijing in February. The events are so crucial that NBC Sports will televise them from Lake Placid. For the athletes who qualify for Beijing, it’s the ultimate Christmas present.
Every year, the world’s top winter athletes make their way to Lake Placid for training and World Cup competition that helps them qualify for their respective Olympic teams. We’ve seen it in bobsled, luge and skeleton in the past, along with figure skating and hockey. Now with the Lake Placid ski jumps benefiting from massive New York state investments, this venue is ready to host the top American high fliers.
Lake Placid hosted the Winter Games in 1932 and 1980, and its legacy continues. Both of these Nordic sites were used in those Games, and while the recreational public cannot attempt to jump off the big towers, they can make use of the trail network at Mount Van Hoevenberg all winter long for cross country skiing and snow shoeing as there is suitable terrain for all levels.
For all the details on this upcoming event, please log on to: https://tinyurl.com/3xt6c6uc
Photos courtesy Lake Placid Olympic Sites and Adirondack Daily Enterprise