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The collection includes correspondence, legislative reports, agency reports, photos, postcards, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings related to the approval process, planning and regional impacts of the 1980 Winter Olympics held in the Town of North Elba, Lake Placid, NY
Planning for the 1980 Winter Olympics held in the Lake Placid area of New York State began years before. The Winter Olympics III had been held in Lake Placid in 1932 and were the first Winter Games held outside the European continent. Since the 1932 Olympics the games had grown from 14 events to 38 events most notably including the addition of Alpine Skiing. The number of athletes participating grew from 252 to 1072.
The unique arrangement of public and private land which comprises the Adirondack Park meant proposals for the necessary facilities needed to be presented to multiple agencies before approval for the venue could be granted, among them the Adirondack Park Agency, the State of New York, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the Towns of North Elba, Wilmington and the Village of Lake Placid.
Olympic Games, Lake Placid, Environmental impact, Reports, Sports studies
Amodeo, Margie, "Robert F. Flacke papers on the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games, 1974-1980" (2013). Finding Aids. 19.