Once upon a time I wrote a couple of entries on the Lake Placid Olympic Games for something called the Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement. The first edition of this dictionary included my entries on “Lake Placid, 1932” and “Lake Placid 1980,” but by the second edition the editors must have realized that they could find a better author for the “Lake Placid 1980” piece and they replaced my essay with no explanation. The 1932 essay made the cut.
I was reminded again of these essays when I saw that the Lake Placid bobsled track was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.
On a related note, I was glad to see that American luger John Fee was elected the new president of the USA Luge Executive Board. As a kid, my name was often pronounced “Fee,” and during the Olympics friends used to jokingly ask me if I was a luger.
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