Olympic Center shone for world-class event

To the editor:

Lake Placid and the Olympic Center recently played host to the 2017 Skate America ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event. This event featured 60 of the world’s best figure skaters from 11 different countries. The event was considered very successful by those who participated and those who watched.

An event of this size and importance requires the help of many different entities, all of whom I owe a great deal of thanks to. Health and safety are always a big concern in an undertaking of this nature, and many organizations provided support. Maj. John Tibbets and Chief Bill Moore, along with the dedicated men and women of New York State Police Troop B and the Lake Placid police force, were present to insure both the athletes and the viewing public were safe. Dr. Dan Bullock and the talented staff of Lake Placid Sports Medicine and Adirondack Medical Center provided coverage and treatment to the various athletes.

The town of North Elba staff, along with various departments of the village of Lake Placid, were involved in the planning as were both the town supervisor and mayor with phone calls pledging the support of their various departments. Lake Placid Central School provided shuttle bus transportation from parking lots along with putting up with the constant use of their parking lots by a variety of tractor-trailers. Another key component of our success was the many volunteers from all over the country who filled a wide variety of jobs. We could not have done the event without their support.

It takes a lot more than talented athletes, bright lights and technology to make an event successful. One key ingredient to success is the “feel” of the event, and this comes from within the community. Hotels making guests feel at home, stores taking part in the Adopt an Athlete program, restaurants staying open late and, in general, making the athletes and spectators feel welcome and special. No community is better at that than Lake Placid. We at the Olympic Authority were lucky to have Mara Smith and Catherine Ericson help us reach out to the business community to provide the important ingredient of community involvement. Thank you.

I would be remiss if I did not thank my colleagues at the Olympic Center and the Olympic Authority. Your dedication and professionalism during the event and throughout the 14 months of meetings and planning were a key factor in the success of this event. The arena welcomed over 20,000 people over four days. The building looked wonderful, it was clean, and our guests were treated with respect and a high level of hospitality. Your talents in carpentry, electrical set-ups, refrigeration, ice maintenance and technology were on display for the world to see, and you shined.

I am proud to be a part of this community and the Olympic Authority as we continue to put Lake Placid out front in the production of world-class winter events. I thank everyone for their continuous support. We together have once again put Lake Placid in the hearts and minds of U.S. Figure Skating and the ISU. No one does it better.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

R. Dennis Allen

General manager

Olympic Center

Lake Placid

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