Olympic Winter Games have twice been held in nearby Lake Placid, in 1932 and 1980. In both years, Saranac Lakers participated as athletes and volunteers, and certain Saranac Lake facilities were used as support venues.
According to The Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT), seventeen Olympians were born in Saranac Lake and many more Olympic hopefuls have called it “home.”
Olympic Athletes born within the Saranac Lake, New York, Central School District include:
Bobsleigh, 1932 (See The Red Devils)
- Four Man, Silver Medal, 1932
- Two-Man, Gold Medal, 1932
Ice Hockey, 2002
- Andrea Kilbourne, Ice Hockey 2002
Nordic Combined, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010
- Bill Demong — 2010 gold medal in Individual Large Hill/10km, silver medal in Team Large Hill/4x5 km
The 2010 Olympic Winter athletes from the Saranac Lake area included:
- Tim Burke
- Bill Demong
- Peter Frenette
- Chris Mazdzer
- Mark Grimmette
- Lowell Bailey
- Haley Johnson
- John Napier
Information compiled by Dan Sullivan, LMT MPA, of Adirondack Therapeutics Massage Therapy and the Adirondack Massage Cruise, 2/2010.
A number of changes in the region came about due to the Olympics, including major road improvements and the rehabilitation of the old New York Central line from Utica through Saranac Lake to Lake Placid; the original plan was for the railroad to remain open, but it failed by late 1980. In 2000, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad resumed operation during summer tourist months.