Barbara Tyrell Kelly can be legitimately called one of the few truly authentic “natives” of Lake Placid, New York, the little Adirondack town that has hosted not one, but two Winter Olympics. Amazingly, Barbara Kelly was present at both of them.
This book chronicles the culture and lifestyle of this unique little community through the eyes (and ears) of a child growing up during the Great Depression and World War II. The stories first appeared as a weekly column written by Barbara for the Lake Placid News.
Barbara Tyrell graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1945 and four years later was awarded her degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She married Charles E. Kelly, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy; and together they raised three daughters and two sons. In 1991, the couple returned to live permanently in Lake Placid after Charles’s retirement from the Aerospace industry in Denver, Colorado.
In 2000, Barbara was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame; in honor of her many contributions to the community and for her national and international recognition as an Adult Figure Skater.
Now in her mid-80s, Barbara is still figure skating regularly – and still contributing to her tiny, but world-class community.