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Lake Placid Figure Skating: A History

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Figure skating has always had an important home in Lake Placid. Early on, the Sno Birds popularized this summer retreat, and Melville and Godfrey Dewey won the campaign for the 1932 Winter Olympics. The Skating Club of Lake Placid was formed, and after 1932, famous skaters trained here with legendary coach Gus Lussi. When Lake Placid again hosted the Olympics in 1980, skating dominated, with state-of-the-art facilities that have continued to be used by stars like Dorothy Hamill and Sarah Hughes, and helped give ...
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Figure skating has always had an important home in Lake Placid. Early on, the Sno Birds popularized this summer retreat, and Melville and Godfrey Dewey won the campaign for the 1932 Winter Olympics. The Skating Club of Lake Placid was formed, and after 1932, famous skaters trained here with legendary coach Gus Lussi. When Lake Placid again hosted the Olympics in 1980, skating dominated, with state-of-the-art facilities that have continued to be used by stars like Dorothy Hamill and Sarah Hughes, and helped give rise to Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice. For more than one hundred years, the Lake Placid community has worked together to support figure skating and skaters in this quiet Adirondack village. Local expert Christie Sausa tells this exciting story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495657
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Sports History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christie Sausa is an active member of the Lake Placid skating community. She co-owns the Lake Placid Skate Shop and writes a skating column for the Lake Placid News. She also blogs for Adirondack Almanack and runs the Lake Placid Skater blog. She is a member of the Lake Placid Skating Club and serves as a US Figure Skating official.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

1 The Early Years 9

2 The 1932 Olympic Games 15

3 Gustave Lussi, Coach of Champions 35

4 The Golden Years 51

5 The 1980 Olympic Games 83

6 New Directions 95

7 The Stars Arrive 113

8 Gliding into the Future 121

Sources 125

About the Author 128

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