The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Verizon Sports Complex, located 5 miles from Lake Placid at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; and the Olympic ice and jumping complexes. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectators, and visitors from around the globe to the Adirondack region. Site of the famous 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games including the legendary "Miracle on Ice" hockey game in 1980. In the 1932 Rink, Sonja Henie won her second of three consecutive Olympic Figure Skating titles. The Olympic Center houses four ice surfaces, convention space, and the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Museum. This unique venue is active year round. The Olympic Center hosts numerous events including Target Stars on Ice, concerts, youth and adult hockey tournaments, and Figure Skating Championships throughout the year. A milestone occurs this year with the unprecedented 70th Anniversary of the "Miracles of Gold Summer Figure Skating Program."
Under the leadership of New York Governor George E. Pataki, the Olympic Authority has seen unparalleled support of its operation from Albany.
In the past two years, the Governor has provided ORDA with $15.5 million for venue upgrades. The organization used these funds in 1999 to install heated, high-speed, state-of-the-art gondolas at both Gore and Whiteface mountains as well as improvements elsewhere. In addition, the Governor contributed over $18 million toward the $24 million price tag needed to construct the world`s newest bobsled, luge and skeleton track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg which opened in 2000.
From the federal level, New York Congressman John Sweeney`s efforts supplied the remainder of the funding for this track as well as assisting ORDA with money for other projects.
Governor Pataki remains Lake Placid`s loudest voice of support in the discussion to bring an unprecedented third Olympic Winter Games back to the village.
The Empire State Development Corporation, chaired by Charles A. Gargano, completes a one-two-three punch that allows ORDA and Lake Placid to remain at the forefront of winter sports training and competition by investing in the modernization of all Olympic Authority facilities. This not only insures Lake Placid`s place in sports, but enables ORDA to be the economic engine that drives the tourism industy in the North Country of upstate New York.