Undoubtedly, the 1932 Olympic Games in Lake Placid had a defining quality for the small village and the Adirondacks. But the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, which hosted 800 more athletes, 20 more nations and 24 more events than its 1932 counterpart, forced the community to adjust to what was becoming one of the biggest events in the world. Click here for more information about the economic and environmental impacts of hosting the Games in 1980.