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Olympic Museum’s new name goes beyond ’32 and ’80

August 13, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - The 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Museum has a new name.

The museum, which features items from every Winter Games since 1924, will now be called the Lake Placid Olympic Museum after working with the U.S. Olympic Committee to obtain International Olympic Committee approval.

"Visitors to the museum often said the collection represented more than the two Games held in Lake Placid, and we agree that the name should reflect that," state Olympic Regional Development Authority President/CEO Ted Blazer said in a press release from ORDA, which runs the museum.

Established in 1994, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States, and it holds the largest Winter Games collection outside of the IOC's Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to ORDA. It's also the only museum to have received the Olympic Cup, the oldest award given by the IOC.

"As the collections have grown and the presentations have become wider in scope, so has the need to change the name," museum Director Liz De Fazio said in the release. "As we move forward in getting this museum to be a full member of the IOC's Olympic Museum Network, I feel this will bring us closer to that international look and feel."

While touring the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, guests can view the first Olympic Winter Games medal ever won, a gold medal earned by speed skater and Lake Placid native Charles Jewtraw during the 1924 Games in Chamonix, France. Displays also feature athletes' participation medals from every modern Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games, as well as Olympic team clothing and competition gear from several games, including the most recent ones in Vancouver in 2010.

The museum's collection also includes costumes from Olympic figure skating legend Sonja Henie, World Cup and World Championship trophies captured by U.S. bobsled and luge athletes, artifacts from the famed 1980 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, and Olympic medals.

The museum is located at the box office entrance of the Olympic Center at 2634 Main St. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for juniors and seniors, while children 6 and under are admitted for free.



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