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Lake Placid, New York (U.S.)

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1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games

[Flag of the 13th Olympic Winter Games: Lake Placid 1980] Posted by Jan Mertens, 2 February 2011

The ornamental cloth appearing several times on the following page is not what we normally refer to as a flag (clickable photos): but it shows the logo quite nicely. A neat explanation is found here:
"The chevrons on the right represent the mountains around the Olympic region. These join the vertical lines of the modified Ionic column on the left, which recalls the predecessors of the modern Olympic Games. The serration on the top of the column turns into the Olympic rings, making them look as if they are emerging from the top. This serration symbolizes a double Olympic cauldron, to commemorate the Games already held in Lake Placid in 1932."

In fact an initial "L" can be made out as well and besides this monocoloured version there was a multicoloured one as well, first on this page:

Attached reduced photo is the item once offered by "edwinart" on eBay under no. 200262376633 (end 17 Oct 2008) was described as follows (edited, jm): "Roughly 3x5 feet / Made by Nyl-Glo /100% Nylon bunting /Annin & Co. Written on the hoist border is L.P.O.C.C. (...) This is not from the actual hockey game but Lake Placid is where the U.S. Hockey Team beat the Soviet Union for the 1st place victory in the Winter Olympics."

Of course "this and other flags were part of the Tumbling Waters Museum which sold out the collection in the early 80s to the Heritage Society because of financial difficulty in keeping the museum running, I was told. The best were kept and these are the culls."

Jan Mertens, 2 February 2011

Olympic Regional Development Authority

[Flag of the ORDA] image located by Esteban Rivera, 23 January 2018

(The New York State) Olympic Regional Development Authority, ORDA, was originally created by the State of New York legislature (Article 8, Title 28, NYS Public Authorities Law) on July 3, 1981 to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. Today, ORDA operates Whiteface Mountain ski area located in the Town of Wilmington, in Essex County, just 15 minutes outside the Village of Lake Placid; Gore Mountain ski area located in North Creek, New York, in Warren County, 80 miles north of Albany; Belleayre Mountain located in Highmount, NY, in Ulster County, 80 miles south of Albany; as well as one of the (United States) Olympic Training Centers (OTCs) in Lake Placid; the Olympic Jumping Complex and Olympic Sports Complex all located in Lake Placid. State and local government cooperatively created a long term solution to protect the public's investment in the Lake Placid Olympic facilities through the establishment of ORDA. In 1984 Gore Mountain joined the ORDA ranks. Most recently in 2012, Belleayre Mountain in the Catskill State Park has come under ORDA's auspices.
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The flag is the logo in the middle of a white horizontal background, as seen here (fourth flag from left to right):

For additional information go to ORDA (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 23 January 2018

Lake Placid Horse Show flag

[Flag of the Lake Placid Horse Show] Posted by Esteban Rivera, 23 January 2018

The flag displayed is a "welcome" flag for the Horse Shows, by the Lake Placid Horse Shows Assocciation, New York:

"Lake Placid is home to two of the Nation's most prestigious equine masterpieces - The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. They were established in 1969. As leisure time increased in the late 19th century, Lake Placid was discovered for resort use by the rich and famous, who were drawn to the fashionable Lake Placid Club. Melvil Dewey, who invented the Dewey Decimal System, designed what was then called "Placid Park Club" in 1895. This inspired the village to change its name to Lake Placid, which became an incorporated village in 1900. Dewey kept the club open through the winter in 1905, which aided the development of winter sports in the area. Nearby Saranac Lake had hosted an international winter sporting event as early as 1889, and was used year-round by patients seeking treatment for tuberculosis at sanitariums. The mountain air was considered good for them.
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Esteban Rivera, 23 January 2018

Fire Department

[Flag of Lake Placid Fire Department, New York] image located by Paul Bassinson, 27 February 2021

An image of the flag of the Lake Placid Fire Department from shows it is a blue flag with the badge centered.
Paul Bassinson, 27 February 2021