LAKE PLACID - United States
A regular candidate to host the winter games, Lake Placid won the selection race for 1932 and 1980.At the first games, the New York State city did not have enough snow. It had to be ferried in by refrigerated truck so that the games could take place.In 1980, US skater Eric Heiden won every medal for which he competed on the rink. That year, the USSR and East Germany planned to boycott the Winter Olympics in response to the US boycott of the summer games in Moscow. In the end, they abandoned their plans and dominated the competitions.A point to note: the 1980 games were scheduled to take place in Vancouver, but the Canadian city pulled out at the last minute for financial reasons.