Montreal-Lake Placid 2014 Bid Underway

The Toronto Star reports that officials from the Adirondack Sports Commission and the Greater Montreal Tourism and Convention Bureau are to meet July 26 to discuss a joint Lake Placid-Montreal Winter Olympics in 2014.

Although both groups acknowledge that submissions to the International Olympic Committee are not due for another seven years, they want to give both cities time to prepare the initiative.

Joann Reed, executive director for the Adirondack Sports Commission and Charles LaPointe, president of the Greater Montreal Tourism and Convention Bureau, plan to argue for a regional venue to accommodate the Games, combining Montreal’s arenas and international airport and Lake Placid’s world-class facilities. A $24 million bobsled/luge run was unveiled in February and New York State has poured $8 million into fixing Olympic venues at Whiteface Mountain.

Lake Placid is 130 kilometres southwest of Montreal.