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Small Town, Big Dreams: Lake Placid's Olympic Story chronicles a small town's ambitious quest to host the world's biggest winter sports event – not once, but twice.

Forty-eight years after hosting the Third Winter Olympics in 1932, Lake Placid's 2,800 residents fought to return the Games to their small-town roots – and ended up uniting the nation with the 1980 Olympics and the Miracle On Ice.

The film features Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 gold medal-winning hockey team, and Eric Heiden winning five gold medals on the speedskating oval outside the local high school. It introduces Godfrey Dewey, whose vision and drive brought the 1932 Games to this small Adirondack Mountain village; Jack Shea, the hometown hero who won double gold in 1932; and J. Bernard Fell, the Methodist minister who helped bring the Olympics back to Lake Placid in 1980.

Written and directed by former Lake Placid News reporter Marc Nathanson and produced by Adirondack-based filmmaker Scott Carroll, the film uses newly restored footage and rare audio recordings to tell the story of America's Winter Sports Capital – where the spirit of the Olympics lives on, every day.