Lake Placid is a village in Essex County, New York, located in the Adirondack Mountains. The village had a population of 2,638 according to the 2000 census, and covers a total area of 1.5 square miles in which 1.4 square miles is land, and 0.1 square miles is water. Lake Placid was officially incorporated as a village in 1900 and has since been home to two Winter Olympics, one in 1932, the other in 1980. The Lake Placid, NY Business Directory and the Lake Placid, NY Yellow Pages will show you Lake Placid Middle/High School, the only high school in the United States to ever be issued an alcohol license, which served as a private bar for the 1980 Olympics.
It is the 1980 Olympics, and Lake Placid, that played home to one of the greatest sports moments ever, the Miracle on Ice. The Miracle on Ice refers to the 4-3 win by the United States during the USA-USSR hockey game, in which a team of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily favored Soviet national ice hockey team. Lake Placid is also a heavily visited village during the winter for its skiing, both Alpine and Nordic. It is also home to many other events, past and present, including the annual Ironman Triathlon and ESPN's now cancelled Great Outdoor Games in 2000 and 2001.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan