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The SportsTravel Podcast focuses on news, insight, trends and more from some of the top event organizers and destination executives throughout the sports-event industry. With more than 100 episodes over the past three years, the SportsTravel Podcast has become the place to listen to interviews with event organizers of all sizes, destinations ready to host […]

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Tracy Smith Named Adirondack Sports Council Executive Director

Tracy Smith has been named the executive director of the Adirondack Sports Council, succeeding Ashley Walden, who in August was named president and chief executive officer of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. Smith takes on her new role after serving as the ADKSC’s director of brand, marketing and communications for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU […]

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Mike Pratt and Jim McKenna: Lake Placid’s Rebirth as a Winter Sports Destination

The Winter World University Games is the largest multi-sport winter event in the world, after the Olympic Winter Games. This year’s event starts January 12 and is an 11-day international festival and competition combining high-level sport with educational and cultural events, all taking place in Lake Placid, New York, and nearby towns. With more than 2,500 […]

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The 1980 Rink in Lake Placid, New York, is forever known as home to the 'Miracle on Ice' and the historic U.S. hockey win over the Soviet Union. This year at the FISU Winter World University Games, it will host the medal rounds for men's and women's hockey plus curling and short-track speedskating. Photo courtesy Lake Placid CVB

How the FISU Winter Games Revitalized Lake Placid

Lake Placid, the little village of 8,000 in the Adirondacks region of New York, has a special place in the heart of all winter sports enthusiasts. It is, of course, home to the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980, let alone the almost super-human exploits of Eric Heiden winning five speedskating gold medals. One of the […]

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Rugby America’s Aspiration
The U.S. team sings the national anthem ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C game at Kobe Misaki Stadium against England in Kobe, Japan. The U.S. will host the 2031 Rugby World Cup for the first time in program history. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

A Decade of Big Events on Tap in United States

For the next decade, there may not be a season where a sports fan cannot enjoy a major international sporting event to travel to within the United States. This past summer alone saw World Athletics host the world track-and-field championships in the United States for the first time at the renovated Hayward Field in Eugene, […]

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Competitiors in the men's 5,000 meter event at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles circle past the Olympic torch during the race on August 11, 1984. Los Angeles in 2028 will join London and Paris as the only three-time hosts of the Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo, File)

New York Legislators Look to Bring Olympics Back to Lake Placid

As the the most recent U.S. city to host the Olympic Winter Games is in the midst of bidding to host for a second time, the only two-time U.S. host of a Winter Games is taking the first steps to explore the feasibility of a potential third bid. A motion to create a Commission to […]

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Competitiors in the men's 5,000 meter event at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles circle past the Olympic torch during the race on August 11, 1984. Los Angeles in 2028 will join London and Paris as the only three-time hosts of the Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo, File)

An Olympic Impact on Sports Tourism:
The Legacy for U.S. Host Cities

With the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games having concluded in Tokyo, one of many questions about the Games’ legacy is whether the city will be able to benefit from having hosted two of the world’s biggest sporting events—including the second time for the Olympic Games. Without sports, Tokyo has more than enough to boast about […]

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