To the editor:
On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, I would like to thank all those involved in the successful hosting of the sixth International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Program Forum earlier this month. Delegates from 38 countries, including several IOC members and Olympians, assembled in Lake Placid to discuss important issues related to supporting education and career development for Olympic athletes worldwide.
The village of Lake Placid was a fantastic host for what proved to be a terrific event that would not have been possible without the leadership and support from Ted Blazer and the dedicated staff of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, along with personal involvement of the ORDA board and civic leaders. The level of service provided by the Mirror Lake Inn, ORDA venues, Olympic Training Center and new Conference Center at Lake Placid was first class and greatly enhanced the experience.
The forum was a great opportunity for delegates to learn firsthand that 32 years after the 1980 Games, the community is still very much engaged in introducing new generations to the benefits of sport and remaining an important part of the international sporting culture.
While Lake Placid is blessed with great facilities in an unmatched setting, its most valuable asset is the community and volunteers who are truly excited to share the magic of the region that has been fostered for generations. You should be proud of your accomplishments.
Keep the magic, and continue to share it. It suits you well.
Chief bid and protocol officer
United States Olympic Committee
Colorado Springs, Colo.