SARANAC LAKE, NY (May 13) – Olympic and World Champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) will be the first inductee into Saranac Lake’s Walk of Fame during a ceremony held Saturday at the village’s historic Hotel Saranac
The Walk of Fame was created by the Board of Trustees as a way to recognize notable community residents and celebrate village history.
“Bill Demong is an outstanding citizen of the greater Saranac Lake area. He gives us tremendous pride, honor and exemplifies sportsmanship, American determination and our community’s contribution to the world,” said Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau.
A bronze plaque will be unveiled at the ceremony featuring the village’s new logo underscored by the words “Walk of Fame” and followed by the inscription, “William Demong, Olympic Champion.”
A few miles from the Olympic village of Lake Placid, the small Adirondack village has a long legacy of producing Winter Olympians, including fellow 2010 Olympian for ski jumping Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY).
Demong became the first American athlete to capture an Olympic gold medal in nordic combined with a large hill victory in Vancouver two days after anchoring his team to a silver medal performance. He also holds the full complement of World Championship medals with a silver from 2007, plus gold and bronze from 2009.
Demong’s friends and family are expected to attend the event along with a large number of proud local supporters.