Lake Placid celebrates its Olympic past, and eyes its future

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LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 18: Lea Ann Parsley of the USA slides down the track during the FIBT Women’s Skeleton World Cup Race on November 18, 2005 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Parts of Lake Placid’s sports landscape are largely under construction again these days.

The plan walks a tightrope between preserving the area’s natural beauty and small-town charm while also finding ways to keep the village a major attraction for global sports.

Tourism is a $1.2 billion industry in the Lake Placid region. Much of it still fueled by the memory of the U.S. hockey team beating the Soviet Union as the “Miracle on Ice” highlight of the 1980 Olympic Games.

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