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Olympic fever in Lake Placid

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -

"Come to celebrate the Olympics here in Lake Placid," said Rene Velazquez of Chicago.

The opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics brings excitement to Lake Placid, N.Y.

"There's a lot of people. My mother lives here, so I'm here quite often, but it's nice to see so many people from out of town enjoying what Lake Placid has to offer," said Terry Monahan of Cold Brook.

To celebrate the games and the athletes competing, the town is lighting the Lake Placid Olympic cauldron, used in the 1980 Olympics. People in this area know what the Olympics mean to the host city.

"It seems Lake Placid gets a little extra attention when the Olympics come and really in large part because of our Olympic legacy, the fact that so many people who are still in this community were a part of those Olympic games," said Jon Lundin of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

You can feel the excitement in the air in Lake Placid with the start of the Olympics. Residents are ready to cheer on American athletes, and businesses on Main Street are happy to see people coming to town.

"I think it's fantastic," said Rainer Schnaars of BluesBerry Bakery. "We needed a little boost because our season was off so far by the weather."

Schnaars opened his bakery in Lake Placid in 1998 and says he rarely sees the town this busy.

"I think with the Olympic Games and with the big screen out there and with the local games going on here, I think it's going to be a fantastic time for everybody," Schnaars said.

Lake Placid is in for some fun times during these Winter Games.

"This afternoon we're going to the rink to see some skating competitions," Monahan said.

Folks in Lake Placid will have plenty of athletes to root for in Russia. There are 43 athletes with ties to our region in the Olympics.

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