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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2008

With Lake Placid's Rich Olympic History, Schumer, Gillibrand Urge US Olympic Committee to Submit Bid for Town to Host Inaugural Youth Olympics

Home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center , Lake Placid is Steeped in Olympic History; Hosted Games in 1932 and 1980 State and Feds Have Poured More than $130 Million for Infrastructure Upgrades into Lake Placid over the Past 12 Years, Making it Ideal Spot for Inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games of 2012 Schumer, Gillibrand: With Top-Notch Venues to Support its Rich History, Lake Placid is

In anticipation of the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2012, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the U.S. Olympic Committee to submit an official bid to have Lake Placid , New York host this historic event. Lake Placid has hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice, in 1932 and 1980, and is home of the United States Olympic Training Center. Over the past twelve years, New York State has invested nearly $120 million and the federal government over $12 million, to upgrade the infrastructure at and around venue sites.


Today, in a personal letter to US Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth, Schumer and Gillibrand urged the Committee to choose Lake Placid as their top choice for hosting for the inaugural event.


“Given its rich history, Lake Placid will forever be synonymous with Olympic glory for people across the globe,” said Senator Schumer. “It’s the place of true athletic heroes like Heiden and Fratianne, and home to arguably the greatest sports moment in history with Team USA ’s stunning hockey victory over the Soviet Union . With the state and federal government investing so much in infrastructure upgrades over the past decade, it’s crystal clear that the village is more than ready to host this truly world-class event.”


“Lake Placid is like no other place in America – it has world-class athletic facilities, is home of the U.S. Olympics “Miracle on Ice” where the U.S. Ice Hockey team beat the Soviet Union and is surrounded by the beautiful and majestic Adirondack Park. The Youth Olympics will be an outstanding economic development opportunity for the North Country and will enhance tourism and growth of our small businesses,” said Gillibrand.


Lake Placid , home to the US Olympic Training Center, has hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1980. Over the past twelve years, New York State has invested nearly $120 million, and the federal government over $12 million, to upgrade the infrastructure at and around the venue sites.  The village is a beautiful and welcoming place and continues to host world-class competitions.   The Youth Winter Olympics would bring approximately 1000 athletes and 600 officials to the region, and would be a major shot in the arm to the local economy.


Olympic Committee President Jacque Rogge has envisioned the Youth Olympics as a showcase for Olympic values and the benefits of sport for a healthy lifestyle, with youth today facing an epidemic of childhood obesity that is already surging the number of cases of diabetes and threatens to push heart disease and cancer rates in the future.  At the same time, young people are tempted by the easy path that performance enhancing drugs have paved for so many famous athletes.  President Rogge’s vision for the Youth Games provides an alternative example to both of these pressing issues. 


With the deadline for the USOC to submit a bid for the 2012 Youth Winter Games quickly approaching, Schumer and Gillibrand today wrote to Chairman Ueberroth, urging him to choose Lake Placid as the United State ’s official candidate and submit an official bid on their behalf.


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