Potential Olympic athletes, physicians who have volunteered to care for them, and the host community of Lake Placid, NY, are gaining experience for the 1980 Winter Games through a series of warm-up sports events.
The most recent of these was the Flaming Leaves Festival, described by its sponsor (Norton Company, an industrial abrasives manufacturer in Worcester, Mass) as "the first international invitational figure skating event ever held in the United States." The festival brought 70 of the world's finest figure skaters from 16 countries to Lake Placid and gave officials, coaches, and competitors an opportunity to check out the town's new Ice Center before the Feb 13 to 24 Winter Olympics.
On hand to care for them were physician-volunteers David C. Johnson, MD, Falls Church, Va, and Howard M. Silby, MD, Chevy Chase, Md, among others. Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon, volunteered because "it is a way to pay back the