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    This is part two of a special report on the progress being made at Lake Placid.

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    This is part two of a special report on the progress being made at Lake Placid. Part one, Production No. 7817/77 was syndicated on 28 September 1977.

    SYNOPSIS: Whiteface Mountain looms above Lake Placid in the Adirondack range. It's on Whiteface that all the skiing events will take place in 1980. Unlike many Olympic sites, the ski-runs on Whiteface stand out from the thickly wooded slopes.

    Already in use by the public is the newly-constructed GBP500,000 (886,000 US dollars) tandem lift, built specially for the Olympics. Bu the Lake Placid authorities have decided against the expense of a new base lodge and will expand the existing building instead.

    One piece of history that has vanished in the name of Olympic progress is the original 70 metre ski-jump, used in the 1932 Winter Games. The Skiers continued to use this run until the last minute before it was scrapped towards the end of the last winter sports season.

    In its place will be built a new 70 metre jump coupled with a 90 metre jump. Because of environmental objections notably its closeness to a national monument-a tow-month public hearing took place before any work was begun. The two jumps feature an unusual design, joining together at the bottom of the slope. Whiteface will boast the best ski-jumping facility in North America when work is completed.

    The competitors for the Olympic events at Lake Placid will in fact all end up in prison. No trial will be necessary, the organisers are planning to house all the visiting Olympians in a brand new complex, which will later fulfil the less glamorous role of a Federal penitentiary. Already 300,000 cubic yards (229,366 cubic metres) of earth have been excavated since development of the site began this summer. Originally, the Lake Placid committee had intended to use a one-time corrective school for juveniles as a home for the competitors. Then New York State announced its plans for a prison near the town and an answer was found to every accommodation problem. Approximately 1800 Olympians will be housed in the complex-even though the State plans to keep only 200 prisoners there in future.

    Certainly this small town in the Adirondacks will never be the same again.

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