Olympic Training Center and ORDA Present Olympic Day June 23

By AlpineZone News |
Jun 15 2006 - 10:09 AM

LAKE PLACID, New York ??” The United States Olympic Committee (OTC) in Lake Placid will team up with the Olympic Regional Development Authority, local sports organizations and clubs on Friday, June 23 to present Olympic Day. The event will be from 3 pm ??“ 6 pm at the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex. This event is free to the public and will happen rain or shine.

Athletes from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, held in Torino, Italy, will be recognized at 5:15 pm, with local Olympians Lowell Bailey (biathlon), Tim Burke (biathlon), Samantha Retrosi (luge), and Mark Grimmette (luge) expected to attend.

Olympic Day is an international event celebrating and promoting the participation in sport by men, women and children from all walks of life in all corners of the world. Around the world on this day people join together to commemorate the founding of the International Olympic Committee and to further the Olympic spirit and movement.

There will be many activities for the whole family to enjoy. Starting at 3 pm, Nordic ski jumpers from the NYSEF program will perform on the 90-meter jump, trying to land the longest jump of the day. A freestyle aerial demonstration will follow at 3:30 pm at the Kodak Sports Park, where athletes twist, turn and flip before landing in the 750,000-gallon pool.

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation will have a sled that people can their push-start. USA Luge will offeri wheel luge rides for those interested in trying their hand at luge. The Lake Placid Biathlon Club will offer biathlon target shooting clinics with their air rifles. Each organization will have sign-ups and autograph sessions with some of their top athletes.

Avalanche Adventures will have the climbing wall out for attendants to use, and David Heim, the Virtual Reality operator, will be offering the use of the ski jumping simulator so that children and adults can feel what it is like to be a real U.S. Olympic ski jumper.

A learn-to-ski-jump clinic is slated for 4 pm on the 18-meter ski jump. This clinic will run from 4 pm ??“ 5 pm and will be followed by a Nordic workout from 5:15 pm ??“ 6 pm. Those interested in this clinic must bring their own alpine gear (no poles) and a helmet.

For skiers and riders, a Rail Jam will be happening on real snow! Bring your own equipment ??“ helmets required ??“and take a turn on the rail provided by Whiteface.

In addition, there will be live music from 4 pm ??“ 5:15 pm with the George Bailey Trio, giveaways, and door prizes. The Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association will sell snacks and munchies as well as holding a raffle. Centerplate, ORDA’s concessionaire, will fire up the grill and have burgers, hot dogs and more for purchase.

For more information on this event, please contact the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex at (518) 523-2202 or log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.