The 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid were memorable for so many reasons – the Miracle on Ice, Eric Heiden, Roni and Ronny the Racoons, Chuck Mangione’s Olympic theme…
Imagine how cool it would be if a small town in the Adirondacks could once again host the world’s greatest winter sporting event!?
Well, according to this Facebook page – that could be a reality in 2018!
As if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, you can also win a t-shirt and a 24 hour trip to visit the Olympic sights in Lake Placid! All you have to do is become a fan of the Facebook page and they will track your IP address and match that with your mailing address. Wow! Sounds fantastic doesn’t it?
Any maybe a bit… silly?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I was raised to believe that if I read something on the internet, then it must be true. But still, I can’t shake the feeling that something about this Facebook page just doesn’t seem right.
What could it be?
I can’t quite put a finger on it, but maybe it is because they spelled ‘comittee’ wrong in their Information Box? No, that isn’t it… that could be an honest mistake.
Hmmmm, maybe it is because the logo they are using is almost exactly the same as the logo for the Garmisch Partenkirchen (GAP) 2011 Ski Event? Eh, I suppose it is possible they paid the same designer and got similar work.
Oh wait, now I know why this all seems a little “off” to me.
It is because the bidding for the 2018 Olympics has been over for several months and only 3 cities actually submitted bids. Those cities are: Annecy, France; Munich, Germany; and PyeongChang, South Korea.
So, as much as I hate to disappoint the 1,718 fans of that Facebook page, no… Lake Placid will not have a shot at the 2018 games and no… you will not be getting a t-shirt or a 24-hour trip to the Adirondacks.
It is a hoax. Albeit a well crafted hoax that someone obviously put some effort into… so don’t feel too bad if you fell for it.