Calling All Beleaguered NHL Fans: Satisfy Your Hockey Withdrawal By Re-Living the 'Miracle on Ice'

Jim Craig Kicks Off 25th Anniversary of the Lake Placid Olympic Games

Special 'Winter Passport' Offers Deals at Olympic Venues

Jan 28, 2005, 00:00 ET from I LOVE NEW YORK

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- If the NHL lock-out has left
 you cold this winter, relive happier hockey days at Lake Placid's 25th
 anniversary celebration of its 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Who can forget the
 underdog USA hockey team defeating the "unbeatable" Soviet Union and going on
 to win the gold? Known as the "Miracle on Ice," the victory is still
 considered one of the greatest moments in sports history.
     As part of Lake Placid's celebration, special activities are planned Feb.
 11-27, including a ceremony on Feb. 22nd to commemorate the "Miracle on Ice."
 On Feb. 12th, Jim Craig, goalie for the 1980 USA hockey team, kicks off the
 festivities by lighting the torch on the grounds of the Lake Placid Olympic
     Additional activities and special promotions include:
     Save with Kodak Winter Passport: Take advantage of a special 25th
 anniversary edition "Kodak Winter Passport" with special deals at Lake
 Placid's many Olympic and winter sports venues. Available thru mid-March, the
 winter passport costs $25 and includes:
     * FREE admission to the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum;
       the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex; and the Verizon Sports
       Complex's Sliding Tracks Facility.
     * A FREE gondola ride at Whiteface Mountain
     * FREE ice skating at the Sheffield Speed Skating Oval
     * Discounts - worth up to $80 in savings - for bobsled rides; luge-rocket
       rides; "Discover Cross Country" ski packages; "Learn to ski" passes;
       Kids Kampus full day lesson programs and more.
     The passport can be purchased at any venue ticket sales point or at the
 Olympic Regional Development Authority store on Main Street in Lake Placid.
 For more information, visit or call
     Learn What It's Like to Be an Olympian:  During the month of February,
 experience what it was like to be an Olympic athlete in 1980 with a series of
 special activities designed for the whole family to enjoy:
     * Speed Skating Lessons: On Feb. 20, learn the basics of speed skating
       from professional coaches and try racing at the Olympic Oval where Eric
       Heiden took home an unprecedented five gold medals at the 1980 Olympic
       Games. Olympic-style time trials run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Speed skate
       rentals are free.
     * Bobsledding: East Germany's four-man bobsled team broke the
       mile-per-minute barrier during the 1980 Olympics. To celebrate, the
       Verizon Sports Complex's Bobsled Track & Lamy Lodge will host a "Mile a
       Minute" party on Feb. 21. Experience the thrill of bobsledding and enter
       your own timed race. Get special discounts with the Kodak Winter
     * Gala Celebration and Ice Show: On Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., the Olympic
       Center will host a gala celebration and ice show, featuring USA hockey
       team member Mike Eruzione and skating champion Scott Hamilton.
       Twenty-five years after an injury dashed their chances for an Olympic
       championship, pair skaters Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia will finally
       perform in Lake Placid. They will be joined by Linda Fratianne, Peter
       and Kitty Carruthers, Robin Cousins and Josef Sabovcik. Tickets go on
       sale on Feb. 4. Admission is $25. To purchase tickets, call the Olympic
       Center Box Office at 518-523-3330.
     For more information about the 25th anniversary celebration of the 1980
 Winter Olympic Games, call 518-523-1655 or visit
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