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LAKE PLACID'S OLYMPIC STORY

Small Town, Big Dreams

Discover the story behind the tiny town that gave the nation the greatest moment in American sports

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A FILM BY
MARC NATHANSON and SCOTT F. CARROLL

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Small Town, Big Dreams tells how the tiny village of Lake Placid, in the heart of New York's Adirondack Mountains, held the world's premier winter sports event not just once, but twice.

Forty-eight years after hosting the Third Winter Olympics in 1932, Lake Placid's 2,800 residents fought to return the Games to their small-town roots – and ended up uniting the nation with the 1980 Olympics and the Miracle On Ice.

 

The film features Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal-winning hockey team, and Eric Heiden winning five gold medals on the speedskating oval outside the local high school. It introduces Godfrey Dewey, whose vision and drive brought the 1932 Games to his small mountain town; Jack Shea, the hometown hero who won double gold in 1932; and J. Bernard Fell, the Methodist minister who helped bring the Olympics back to Lake Placid in 1980.

Written and directed by former Lake Placid News reporter Marc Nathanson and produced by Adirondack-based filmmaker Scott Carroll, the film uses newly restored footage and rare audio recordings to tell the story of America's Winter Sports Capital – where the spirit of the Olympics lives on, every day.

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Small Town, Big Dreams

Lake Placid's Olympic Story

Starring

 

Jack Shea

Art Devlin

J. Bernard Fell

Godfrey Dewey

and

Mike Eruzione

 

Written and Directed by

Marc Nathanson
 

Produced by Scott F. Carroll

in association with

Sundial Pictures
 

Narrated by

Ted Kastenbaum
 

Original Photography by

Nancie Battaglia

Produced with the cooperation of the

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Presented by

Mountain Lake PBS
American Public Television

Support provided by

Be Lake Placid
Learning to Swim
The Pines Inn

Produced in association with

Sundial Pictures

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