Bryant, Demong, Randall chosen for LP Hall of Fame

Francis Thaire Bryant smiles in front of his ski shop in Lake Placid. (Photo provided by the Lake Placid Olympic Museum)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee has named its 2019 nominees for induction to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

Francis Thaire Bryant, Billy Demong and Craig H. Randall will be inducted into the hall, which can be found inside the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

The Lake Placid Hall of Fame began in 1983 and has inducted more than 140 individuals, as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic four-man bobsled team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. A plaque commemorates each member.

Bryant is remembered for managing Lake Placid’s first ski shop, Thaire’s Ski Room, and supporting the ski industry in Lake Placid for nearly 50 years. Bryant was a member of the Lake Placid Ski Club and helped expand skiing opportunities in the region.

Demong grew up in Vermontville and began ski jumping in Lake Placid. He is a five-time Olympian in the sport of Nordic combined, a merger of ski jumping and cross-country ski racing. At the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010, he became America’s first Olympic gold medalist in a Nordic sport, winning the large hill individual competition. Also at those games he anchored the U.S. team to a silver-medal finish in the four-man relay.

Vermontville native Bill Demong anchors the U.S. nordic combined relay team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Randall currently serves as the village of Lake Placid’s mayor and has an extensive record of community service. The organizations he has been part of include the Deo B. Coburn Education Foundation, North Country Life Flight, New York Conference of Mayors, World Union of Olympic Cities, Adirondack Community Trust, Adirondack Medical Center, Adirondack Health Initiative Committee, Placid Memorial Hospital, Essex County Development Corporation, Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society, New York Ski Education Foundation and W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center Institutional Review Board.

To be considered for induction into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame, individuals should be past or current residents of the Olympic region or have some significant connection to the area. All must have made significant sports, cultural or civic contributions to the region, or their endeavors must have enhanced the historical heritage of the area.

This year’s selection committee includes Bob Birk, Sandy Caligiore, Mark Gilligan, Carol Hoffman, Emily Kilburn-Politi, Don McMullen, John Morgan, Tricia Preston and Jerry Strack.

The 36th annual Induction Banquet will be held Oct. 26 at the Conference Center. It is scheduled to begin with a cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $38 and are on sale at the Olympic Center box office now through Tuesday, Oct. 22.

For more information on the Lake Placid Hall of Fame, visit www.lphalloffame.com.

Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall (Photo provided by Craig Randall)

Francis Thaire Bryant is seen in his Navy uniform (Photo provided by the Lake Placid Olympic Museum)

Bill Demong is seen in 2013 before the 2014 Olympics, his fifth. (Photo provided — Mitchell Haaseth, NBC, for NBC-U.S. Olympic Committee promotion)

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