“Mountain Lake PBS Celebrates Lake Placid and the Winter Games,” an hour-long special, examines the history and culture of the Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
Viewers will get reacquainted with legendary figure skating coach Gustave Lussi, whose famous students included Dorothy Hamill and Dick Button. They will also hear stories of Eric Heiden, who won five gold medals for speed skating, and the “Miracle on Ice,” a surprise hockey victory for the United States against the former Soviet Union, the defending gold medalists. Mountain Lake PBS producer Jack LaDuke will show the audience a permanent exhibit at the Lake Placid Olympic Center, commemorating Norwegian figure skater and movie star Sonja Henie.
Portions of the special come from a show produced by Tomeka Weatherspoon in 2014, which won a New York State Broadcasters Award that year in the “Outstanding Locally Produced Show” category. These segments include an interview with the Communications Director for ORDA (New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority) Jon Lundin, and a look at the Memories and Memorabilia event at High Peaks Resort.
Throughout the special, Lake Placid residents, lawmakers, journalists and athletes relate their own personal memories of the 1980 Olympic Games.
“Mountain Lake PBS Celebrates Lake Placid and the Winter Games” airs Saturday the 10th at 4pm and Sunday the 11th at noon.