Olympic Sports Complex
The Olympic Sports Complex is located seven miles south of Lake Placid. The complex includes the 1932/1980 Bobsled Run, the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track, over 50 kilometers of cross country trails and the Biathlon Stadium.
The original bobsled track was constructed for the 1932 Games and was 1.5 miles long. The run, for safety reasons, was later shortened to a one-mile run over 16 curves. Construction of a new run took place for the 1980 Games with the refrigeration being extended along the entire track.
In March 1999, the Olympic Authority with the support of New York State and the Federal Government began construction on a state-of-the-art bobsled/luge/skeleton combined track that has Lake Placid positioned for World Class competitions well into the 21st century. ORDA is already reaping the benefits of the new track as the organization hosted the inaugural 2000 Winter Goodwill Games in February, 2000, and World Cup competitions annually. Additionally, the World Bobsled Championships returned in 2003, after a 20-year absence and will be hosted again in 2009 in Lake Placid.
Over seventy miles of cross country trails were scouted and built to accommodate the 1932 Games. The award of the 1980 Games created a need to develop a cross country trail system which could fulfill the requirements of the Federation International de Ski. Fifty kilometers of trails were cleared, widened, and groomed in preparation for the 1980 Games. The Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Ski Center is the legacy of that work. Today, the facility offers mountain biking in the summer as well as public biathlon target shooting.