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Near-Record Lobbying on Failed Olympic Stadium

A near record amount of money - almost $42 million - was spent on lobbying for the recently defeated West Side stadium proposal. Madison Square Garden and its owner, Cablevision, which opposed the project, outspent the New York Jets by a nearly two to one margin. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Board Votes Down Olympic Stadium

A three person board controlled by Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders has rejected a proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets on Manhattan's West Side. It would also be used to host the 2012 Olympics and the Super Bowl. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Legislative Leaders Non-Committal to Proposed Manhattan Stadium

With one day to go before a scheduled vote on the proposed West Side stadium for the New York Jets, New York's legislative leaders remain non-committal on whether they will actually agree to Governor Pataki's request to approve the plan. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Postpones Manhattan Stadium Vote

Governor Pataki spoke at a rally by building and construction trade unions in favor of building a stadium for the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan. Meanwhile, state legislative leaders, who have to vote on the issue, remain cool to the idea. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Lake Placid's 25th Anniversary of the 1980 Games (Source:  ORDA)
Lake Placid's 25th Anniversary of the 1980 Games (Source: ORDA)

Lake Placid Remembered as the Last Small Town Winter Olympics

Over the last two weeks, Lake Placid has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Lake Placid games are remembered for amazing sports moments -- Eric Heiden's five gold medals for speedskating. America's hockey win over the Russians. But the Lake Placid games are also remembered as one of the last small-town games. As Brian Mann reports, there's deep nostalgia for an Olympic era before big money and television changed sports forever.  Go to full article
Hockey coach Herb Brooks
Hockey coach Herb Brooks

Herb Brooks Remembered: By Author & By World

The 1980 Olympic skating rink in Lake Placid will be renamed to honor Herb Brooks, the man who coached the U.S. Olympic hockey team to its stunning gold-medal victory 25 years ago. It was renamed last night in his honor and will now be known as the Herb Brooks Arena. Lake Placid officials described Brooks as "a symbol of America". Patti Brooks, his wife, told the Associated Press that she was "really proud". "He wouldn't have liked it," she said, describing her husband as a modest man. "He would have probably been in the back." Herb Brooks died 18 months ago in a car accident. Last night's ceremony in Lake Placid featured 35 members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team and included 18 of the 20 members of the hockey team.

Brian Mann spoke with Wayne Coffey, a sports writer for the New York Daily News. He's just written a new book about Herb Brooks and the 1980 Olympic hockey team called "The Boys of Winter".  Go to full article
Robert Washburn
Robert Washburn

Potsdam Composer Remembers Lake Placid Olympics

Medalists from the 1980 Winter Olympics will be in Lake Placid tonight for a 25th anniversary celebration. In 1980, Potsdam composer Robert Washburn was commissioned to write music for the opening ceremonies of the games. Washburn is Dean emeritus and professor at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam. He told Todd Moe it was an exciting opportunity.  Go to full article

A Rinkside Seat to History in Lake Placid

Memories of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid are flooding back as the village celebrates the 25th anniversary of the games. Hundreds of local people were involved in the endless behind-the-scenes details of logistics and hospitality. Steve Yianoukos is now associate athletic director at Clarkson University. He drove the zamboni at the 1980 Olympics. His assignments included the "Miracle on Ice" game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. He shared his memories with David Sommerstein last year.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Olympic Torch<br />Source:  Erica & David Henry
Lake Placid Olympic Torch
Source: Erica & David Henry

Olympic Torch Extinguished in Lake Placid, No Money for Fuel

The Olympic Torch in Lake Placid was relit last weekend as part of the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games. But officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority say the flame had to be extinguished because there wasn't enough money to pay for the fuel needed to keep it burning. Chris Knight has our story.  Go to full article

Statue In Park City Honors Lake Placid's Olympic Family

A statue has gone on display in Park City, Utah, honoring the Shea family of Lake Placid. Jimmy Shea Jr. won a gold medal in the skeleton sled race at the Salt Lake Olympic Games three years ago. The statue honors Shea, his father and grandfather. All three competed in Winter Olympics and they're considered the first family ever to send three generations of athletes to the Winter games. The sculpture was commissioned by Zions Bank for its Park City branch. Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson told KSL TV that Jimmy Shea's skeleton win was "one of the highlights" of the Salt Lake competition. The statue, called "Three Generations", is now on display across the street from the Olympic Park where Jimmy Shea won his gold medal. Shea, who now divides his time between Lake Placid and Park City, took third place in last weekend's America's Cup skeleton race at Mount Van Hoevenberg. But he's taken much of the last two years off, in part because of lingering problems with blood flow to one of his legs. The condition required surgery in 2002. Shea spoke this week with Brian Mann about his future -- and his chances of competing in next year's Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, which begin on February 10th 2006.  Go to full article

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