Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin was 24 when he got a photographer credential to the 1980 Lake Placid games. In addition to his journalistic coverage, he brought along his own camera and made these images.
This photo, from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, shows the massive crowds of people that showed up for the ski jump events.
The speed skating oval in front of Lake Placid, during a quiet time
Personal space was a premium in Lake Placid during the 1980 Winter Olympics, Jeff Wilkin says. These folks were waiting for the ski jump venue to open.
Coca-Cola had a company man at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid in 1980. This poor fellow looked surprised when reporter Jeff Wilkin took his picture. "Thirty-four years later, I'm kind of surprised I took it myself," Wilkin said.
Speed! One of the Swiss bobsled teams zooms inside the ice at Lake Placid.
This guy might have been a cheerleader... or maybe a security guy. "He had a better standing position than I did at Mt. Van Hoevenberg," Jeff Wilkin says.
This shot illustrates how bold ski jumpers must be. The size of the jump is massive; look at the "tiny" people standing in the center of the big stand.