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Olympic figure skaters from 1980 plan reunion in Lake Placid

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Members of figure skating’s “Dream Team” plan to return to the site of the 1980 Olympics for a reunion and celebration in Lake Placid, New York next Tuesday.

Scott Hamilton, the flag bearer at the 1980 Opening Ceremony, will be joined by silver medalist Linda Fratianne, bronze medalist Charles Tickner, Tai Babilonia, David Santee, Sandy Lenz Jackson, Caitlin Carruthers Conrad, Sheryl Franks and Michael Botticelli, Lisa-Marie Allen and Stacey Smith and John Summers.

Paul Wylie, a 1992 Olympic silver medalist, will moderate a press conference featuring the skaters.

“Usually everything is about the hockey team, but now this is about figure skating,” Wylie told NBC Sports. “It will be a really cool moment.”

The community is invited to take to the ice on Tuesday for a “Frozen 5K” skate-a-thon and signature fundraiser of the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor, will also lace up his skates.

Lake Placid anniversary

Reigning U.S. ice dance champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates, 2019 U.S. pairs’ champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley will perform in a gala honoring the 1980 Olympic team.

On Thursday, the Olympic Museum will host the kickoff event with two new exhibits: “Totally 80 – Exploring the Look of the Games” and “Foretelling the Future – The National Weather Service at the Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games.”

Other events include a 1980s trivia night, athlete forums, meet-and-greet opportunities with 1994 Olympic speed skating champion Dan Jansen and a screening of Disney’s “Miracle.”

Lake Placid also hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1932, but it is the 1980 iteration that lives prominently in the minds of Americans.

The U.S. men’s hockey team’s defeat of the Russians in the “Miracle on Ice” and Eric Heiden’s five speed skating gold medals are among the memorable highlights.

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Paul Wylie: I survived by the narrowest of margins

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Paul Wylie, the 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist, said he survived his sudden cardiac arrest April 21 and resulting medically induced coma “by the narrowest of margins,” according to

Wylie, 50, told his story at U.S. Figure Skating’s Champs Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., to active American skaters on Saturday, according to the report.

U.S. skaters are training in preparation for the Grand Prix season, which starts with Skate America, Oct. 23-25 in Milwaukee

Here’s more on Wylie from Icenetwork:

In April, Wylie was running sprints with some friends when he collapsed. Fortunately for Wylie, one of the guys he was running with was trained in CPR and performed chest compressions for about five minutes before an ambulance arrived. Paramedics tried using a defibrilator to resuscitate Wylie but were unsuccessful. It was only when he received an injection that rescue workers were able to revive Wylie. He was then put into a medically induced coma, from which he didn’t wake up for a couple of days.

“By the narrowest of margins,” Wylie said, “I survived.”

He awoke on April 23 with his wife, Kate, holding his hand. Wylie had no idea where he was (he was in a hospital not far from his Charlotte home), and his wife had to fill him in on what had happened.

“She said, ‘Your heart stopped,’ and the ambulance came and brought you here,” Wylie said. “I said, ‘An ambulance? That’s expensive!'”

Paul Wylie provides update from hospital

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Paul Wylie said he was “doing much better” but still hospitalized following a sudden cardiac arrest last Tuesday, according to a Facebook post.

The 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist, now 50, said he had five tests, all of which showed “a very healthy heart” and that he was for a time in a medically induced coma.

At Albertville 1992, Wylie was a surprise silver medalist behind Viktor Petrenko. He was 10th at the 1988 Olympics and never finished better than ninth at a World Championships.

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Posted by Professional Skaters Association(PSA) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015