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USA had its own Sochi Olympics flame lighting – in Lake Placid (Video)

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Lake Placid Flame

There wasn’t a Russian police choir singing Daft Punk or a giant animatronic bear or a tribute to Tolstoy. But there was another flame lighting on Friday night – in Lake Placid, NY.

The site of the 1980 Olympics ignited the cauldron used for those Winter Games to celebrate the start of the Sochi Olympics.

From WCAX:

"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.

The town of 2,600 people has become the de facto Mecca for the Winter Olympics in the U.S. The cauldron was ignited before the 2010 Vancouver Games and during the torch relay for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games as well.

Here’s the scene from Lake Placid on Friday night.

Of course, this flame lighting takes on some extra weight considering who the U.S. upset en route to their Miracle On Ice victory in 1980 and where the 2014 Games are being held. Wonder if Sochi torch lighter Vlad Tretiak knew what was going down in Lake Placid last night.

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