SPORTS SHORTS 07/12/12

Saturday Night’s Ice Show at the Olympic Center, in Lake Placid begins at 7:30 pm in the 1932 Rink. This weeks featured skater is The 2011 US men’s national champion Ryan Bradley. In addition to his title as men’s national champion, Bradley is also a three time US collegiate champion and is well know for his unorthodox back flips, which typically are only presented in exhibitions like Saturday’s Ice Show.  The 80th annual summer skating program sponsored by the Skating club ofLake Placid is underway and Saturday’s programming always features an array of soloists plus group numbers from the younger skaters from Basics to Juniors. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for juniors and supports the Skating Club of Lake Placid’s summer programming.

AUDIO – 071212 – SPORTS SHORTS

 The Elks Softball Fields are in need of some volunteers next weekend.. a group will be meeting at the Fields at 8:00 am on Saturday morning July 21st.  The club’s goal for the day..  to raise and replace the roofs of each dugout, paint and spruce up the field. Jeff Branch says the paint is being donated by Coakley’s and Curtis Lumber has given them a deal on the material. Any and all help will be welcome. Basic Hand tools, painting supplies, shovels and rakes will be needed. For more information, call Jeff at 524-0917..

 LeBron James was the big winner at the ESPY Awards, collecting three trophies including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win the NBA championship. James wasn’t on hand for the 20th annual show celebrating the year’s best athletes and moments in sports. The Arthur Ashe Courage award went to former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who revealed her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s last August. She retired in April after 38 years. Summitt’s son, Tyler, escorted her to the stage to accept the trophy from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who went to college at Tennessee, while the Nokia Theatre crowd stood applauding.

 The best part of a weekend is when the woodsmen and women are in town and that’s the case this weekend.TupperLake’s Woodsmans Days will provide a full day of activities both Saturday and Sunday with competition on Saturday night starting at 7:30 with the Night Games. Registration for those games starts Saturday afternoon. Other Highlights of the weekend include the Annual Woodsmen’s Day Parade which kicks off at 10am on Saturday and runs fromPark Streetto theMunicipalPark…  The Official Grand Opening Ceremony begins at noon at the grandstands and a 60 minute quick carve chainsaw carving contest is scheduled to go off  thereafter at the grandstands with an auction to follow. Other contests are interspersed through the day both Saturday and Sunday including the Loading Operator Contests in the Heavy Equipment Area with logging and Equipment Demos throughout the park all day..  Highlights of The Night Games, including the Tug of War, the greased Pole climb and others in the Grandstand area..  and Sunday at 11am – one of theAdirondack’s Largest Horse Pull Competition in the Grandstand followed. Woodsmen’s Days inTupperLakethis Saturday and Sunday.. and the Welcome Bar B Que at the Park Restaurant tomorrow night..  a full weekend of outdoor activities and competition inTupperLake..

This year’s Iron Man competition is next weekend and organizers are expected to announce their agreement to continue here inLake Placidfor another 5 years..  Lake Placid’s Mayor Craig Randall says the contract has been renewed and they’re extending their arrangements to conduct this event for another 5 years beyond this year…

 Lake Placid Visitors Bureau President Jim McKenna says an outside source has come in two times, once in 2005 and once in 2008 and the economic impact in 2008 showed $9 million in direct spend. The total 5 year impact runs about $65 million in direct spend. Next Wednesday we’ll speak with Kathy Pfohl on the K&J show. Kathy has been the volunteer coordinator since Iron Man’s Inception and we’ll talk about some of the impact the event has on the region and how it gives back..

 

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