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Lake Placid is a village of 2,638 in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, near the center of the town of North Elba and named after an adjacent lake.

While the village is a year-round resort, it is likely most known as the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and particularly the USA-USSR hockey game, the "Miracle on Ice," when a group of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily-favored Soviet national ice hockey team 4-3 and two days later won the gold medal. The victory is usually ranked as one of the greatest in American sports history.

Lake Placid still hosts a Winter Olympics summer training facility offering exciting opportunities to watch ski jumping, aerial jumping, figure skating, etc. The town is charming and fun especially for the outdoorsy and/or adventure-spirited traveler, as well as for families looking to get away for the weekend.

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  1. Melvil Deweywho was an American librarian, educator, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification, and founder of the Lake Placid Club, died in Lake Placid.
  2. Lake Placid is best known as the two-time site of the Winter Olympics. Lake Placid first hosted in 1932 and again 48 years later in 1980.
  3. Many people use Lake Placid as a base from which to climb the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains. Those who complete these climbs may join the Adirondack 46ers.
  4. Since 1999, Lake Placid has been the site for the annual Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon, the second oldest Ironman in North America, and one of only ten official Ironman Triathlons to be held in the continental U.S.
  5. Andrew Weibrecht, alpine skier, 2014 silver and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, was born and raised in Lake Placid[

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