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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