LAKE PLACID - Winter sports officials presented Olympic and world champion bobsledder Steven Holcomb with a "Legends of Mount Van Hoevenberg" poster during a ceremony here Wednesday evening.
The original poster will be included as part of the legends project, one of the early phases of the new International Sliding Sports Museum.
"This really does mean a lot," Holcomb said. "There's some really incredible names out there, and just to be a part of that is huge."
Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb (third from left) is presented with a copy of his “Legends of Mount Van Hoevenberg” poster during a ceremony Wednesday at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Also pictured, from left, are Ted Blazer, ORDA president/CEO, Jack Favro, associate director of Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, Holcomb, Joe Lamb, community organizer, Craig Randall, village of Lake Placid mayor and Mary Lou Brown, chairman of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
The legends project aims to detail the history of bobsledding and skeleton in Lake Placid, and help launch the Sliding Sports Museum, the first phase of which is scheduled to debut this summer.
The project was featured at Mid's Park on Main Street during the 2012 FIBT World Bobsled and Skeleton Championships, which were held at Mount Van Hoevenberg in February. Holcomb was part of the two- and four-man bobsled races, and is the youngest member of the legends project.
Joe Lamb helped pull the project together.
"I think we put together ... a good addition for people visiting our area to help promote a tradition of bobsled and skeleton in our community," he said. "That richness is something to be proud of."
Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall said bobsled was one of the earliest sports to become popular in Lake Placid.
"To just continue to foster these traditions, it's a great marketing tool for us, but it also helps to remind our own local families and our youth growing up here that these things happened here," Randall said.
The Sliding Sports Museum will be the first of its kind. The facility will trace the history of bobsled, skeleton and luge. It will also feature full-sized sections of past and present sliding tracks, with displays that explain how those tracks were built.
The combined bobsled-skeleton-luge run was completed in 2000, replacing the track used during the 1980 Olympics. The bobsled run used in the 1932 Olympics had been located in the village of Lake Placid.