This unique 3-day event will bring together new and experienced adaptive Nordic skiers from all over the country for an adaptive Nordic skiing training camp and races at the Empire State Winter Games. The camp is being organized by a partnership of local and regional organizations including Adirondack Adaptive Adventures, Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetic Services, U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team, Olympic Regional Development Authority, Northeast Passage, New England Nordic Ski Association, and Horowitz Associates, Inc.
“We have definitely built upon the success of last year’s camp,” said Josh Wilson of Adirondack Adaptive Adventures, a small local organization which coordinates adaptive outdoor sports events and outings for people with disabilities. “This year registrations have doubled, and we are pleased to be able to sponsor several adaptive skiers from New York and the Northeast.” With generous donations from a number of local businesses, Adirondack Adaptive Adventures raffled a Lake Placid ski & stay vacation package to raise money for athlete scholarships.
“We are very lucky to have formed a partnership with U.S. Paralympics,” said Wilson. Coaches from the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team will lead training clinics for skiers with physical disabilities who are interested in learning new adaptive XC and biathlon training and competition techniques.
“We are excited to bring a U.S. Paralympic Nordic development camp to historic Lake Placid,” said John Farra, Nordic Director for U.S. Paralympics. Eight military veterans will join other skiers at the camp thanks to a sponsorship from the U.S. Olympic Committee. “It is a great opportunity to immerse developing athletes into cross country ski training, along with shooting training for Biathlon, culminating in participation in the Empire State Games.” Farra is a former Lake Placid resident and Cross Country Skiing Olympian.
Haley Johnson, a Lake Placid local and 2010 Biathlon Olympian will join the camp as a guest coach. In addition to the camp, the Empire State Games will feature adaptive XC and biathlon events during the camp, which are open to any adaptive skier who wishes to compete. In 2011 adaptive XC races were held for the first time at the Games, attracting 10 competitors from the Northeast region.