Lake Placid’s 1980 Olympic Cauldron Re-Lit for Sochi Olympics

Lake Placid’s Original Olympic Cauldron is being re-fired in honor of the Winter Olympics in Sochi…  Jim Morganson is the Building inspector in the Town of North Elba.. He says for a period of time after the 1980 Olympics the cauldron disappeared from the spotlight…  but more recently a local committee has brought a new focus to the landmark..

Morganson Says in addition to the Empire State Games Torch Run, Tonight’s Torch Run will actually take the flame from the original 1980 cauldron from the horse show grounds where it was originally located..

Darci LeFebvre is organizing the torch run from the Cauldron to Mid’s Park…  She reached out to athletes in the region who would be willing to participate in the event, and she says they have 20 runners who are going participate in the run..

Lake Placid Police Chief Bill Moore says events like this are usually part of a busy weekend and the Lake Placid Police Department will provide escort and the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck will hang the American flag during the lighting..

A committee was formed made up of local people to keep the Cauldron in a position where it could be utilized more often.. The Fire Department provides the aerial ladder truck to facilitate the ignition of the Cauldron…

The Cauldron Lighting will be followed by a torch run to bring the flame from the horse show grounds to MidsPark where it will reside for the next two weeks..

AUDIO – 020714 – Lake Placid Lights Olympic Cauldron

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