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Lake Placid hopes to host Winter Youth Olympics

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The prospect of Lake Placid hosting the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics appears to be fading, as the deadline to submit a bid is two months away, and local and U.S. Olympic Committee officials apparently don't have any plans to vie for the games. While 2016 may not be possible, however, local officials remain interested in hosting a Winter Youth Olympics and instead may try for 2020. Chris Knight reports.

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Created in 2007, the Youth Olympic Games are an international, multi-sport event for athletes between the ages of 14 and 18. The first Summer Youth Olympics was held last month in Singapore, and featured more than 3,500 young athletes from 205 countries . The first Winter Youth Olympics will be held in 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria, with as many as 1,000 athletes participating.

Officials in Lake Placid, which hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics have had discussions about the village hosting a Youth Olympics for several years. US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun traveled to Lake Placid this summer and reportedly discussed the possibility of a bid with local officials.

But local officials, including Village Mayor Craig Randall and James McKenna, head of the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, said last week that there's not enough time to get a bid together for the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics - the deadline to submit a bid is Nov. 15 - so they're leaning toward 2020.

Lake Placid officials want to gauge the success of the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last month and the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012 before proceeding with their own bid, which will need the backing of the US Olympic Committee.

A USOC spokesman said last week that the organization currently has no plans to bid for the Youth Olympics, but hasn't ruled it out.

For NCPR, I'm Chris Knight.

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