ORDA to host a celebration of movement and its Olympic legacy on June 23
The New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will host a series of activities on Thursday, June 23, commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games and the establishment of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The day celebrates being active and living the Olympic values around the three pillars of Olympic Day, “move, learn and discover,” and is marked by hundreds of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from around the world.
Move: The featured event is the Olympic & Paralympic Day run/walk/wheel, a traditional Olympic Day activity that displays the unifying power of sport and encourages being active.
Learn: ORDA hosts athletes and events throughout the year. The benefits of the modernized training facilities continue to contribute to the Olympic movement.
Discover: From the days when the Olympics took place to today, sporting events bring Olympians to our region. Whether to train, compete, coach, or even judge, our community is constantly filled with memories, experiences, and talents.
All Olympic and Paralympic Day activities are open to the public and free of charge:
10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships. At the Olympic Center, spectators can watch and learn more about the sport as competitions will be held in the modernized 1980 Herb Brooks Arena and the 1932 Jack Shea Arena. This event is open to the public, and tickets are sold at the door.
1:00 pm – Big Dreams Presentation by Kathaleen Cutone. At the Conference Center, Team USA leader for the Winter Games in Beijing, a national collegiate figure skating champion, and a Winter World University Games athlete, Kathaleen Cutone, will inspire athletes of all ages.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Totally 80s: 80 Heirlooms from the 80 Olympics Exhibit. On the second level of the Conference Center, learn more about the Olympic movement and explore the spirit of the games with Lake Placid Olympic Museum staff in their temporary location. See and hold historical objects from the 1980 Games in Lake Placid and view the new museum logo and artist renderings of the new museum spaces to open later this year.
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Meet and Greet Olympians and Program Discovery. At Mt Van Hoevenberg, talk with Olympic athletes and learn about sport disciplines. A unique opportunity for youth to explore and discover programs with organizations and clubs on site to share information and program sign-ups.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Olympic & Paralympic Day Run/Walk/Wheel – a Celebration of Movement. At Mt Van Hoevenberg, ORDA and the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center are partnering to host a celebration of movement. Choose between the 2K and 5K and move with Olympians. All ages, levels, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate. The first 100 participants to register will receive a free Olympic Day t-shirt and water bottles for all.
6:30 pm – Miracle movie. At the Palace Theatre on Main Street, enjoy this inspiring movie and the “greatest moment in sports history.” Free of charge, guests will receive a Team USA wristband.
Additional Details: Food is available for purchase at the 81-18 Café at Mt Van Hoevenberg before, during, and after the events.