The Lake Placid , after which the place is named
|Location in New York|
|State :||United States|
|State :||new York|
|County :||Essex County|
|Time zone :||Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )|
|Residents :||2,521 (as of 2010)|
|Population density :||720.3 inhabitants per km 2|
|Area :||4.0 km 2 (approx. 2 mi 2 ) of
which 3.5 km 2 (approx. 1 mi 2 ) is land
|Height :||577 m|
|Postal code :||12946|
|Area code :||+1 518|
|GNIS ID :||2390927|
The Whiteface Mountain Ski Area - site of two Winter Olympics - in summer. Whiteface is in neighboring Wilmington, NY.
Lake Placid ( English placid ( adj. ) "Calm", "quiet") is a small winter sports resort in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County , New York . Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 .
Lake Placid had 2,521 inhabitants in 2010 and is part of North Elba , the original name of the settlement area.
There are two lakes in the Lake Placid area: Lake Placid and Mirror Lake . Lake Placid is located in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains . Large parts of this mountain region were placed under nature protection as early as 1892 . The Adirondack Park is the largest nature reserve in the United States outside of Alaska and occupies about one-fifth of the area of New York State.
Lake Placid is a year-round resort with a variety of sports activities. The Olympic facilities are used for tourism all year round and the Adirondack Mountains surrounding the town offer excellent hiking opportunities. The two lakes and the Ausable River can be used for canoeing.
The main tourist season is winter when all Olympic facilities can be used:
- Cross-country skiing center on Mount Van Hoevenberg
- Alpine skiing on Whiteface Mountain
- Ice skating on the 400 m speed skate track in the city center
- Bobsleigh track
Since 1999, Ironman USA has been a long-distance triathlon competition (3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling, 42.195 km running).
In 2004, the film Miracle was released , which has one of the major events of the Olympic Games from the perspective of the host nation - the win of the 1980 gold medal in ice hockey by the US team against the USSR team .
- John Brown (1800-1859), opponent of slavery
- Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification in library science
- Paul Stevens (1889–1949), bobsledder
- Hubert Stevens (1890–1950), bobsledder
- Curtis Stevens (1898–1979), bobsledder
- Francis Tyler (1904-1956), bobsledder
- Kate Smith (1907-1986), singer
- John Amos "Jack" Shea (1910–2002), speed skater, double Olympic champion in 1932
- Stanley Benham (1913-1970), bobsleigh pilot
- Phil Duprey (* 1944), bobsledder
- Eric Heiden (* 1958), speed skater
- James Edmound "Jimmy" Shea Jr. (* 1968), Olympic skeleton champion 2002
- Lana Del Rey (born 1985), singer
- Andrew Weibrecht (* 1986), ski racer