Monday, September 24, 2012

2012-2013 Winter Sports Events Schedule Announced

The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has issued its winter 2012-13 events. Dates and schedules are subject to change, but here is the basic run-down.

Nov. 5-10 – FIBT World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton. The 2012-’13 World Cup season opens for bobsled and skeleton where last season ended, on the combined bobsled/luge and skeleton track at the Mt. van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex. Last February, the United States bobsled and skeleton team captured a record five medals, including four gold, when the one-mile long track played host to the 2012 FIBT world championships.Dec. 8 – ECAC Hockey. North Country rivals St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University will face off in the famed 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena. This marks the third time, in as many years, that these two schools have squared off in Lake Placid. Also, don’t forget that the ECAC Hockey championship tournament will return to Lake Placid, for a three-year run, beginning March 2014.

Jan. 14-21 – FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup. The world’s best freestyle skiers return to Lake Placid to compete in the FIS freestyle World Cup. Action will take place at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Whiteface Mountain. The jumping complex will host the men and women’s aerials competitions, where athletes twist and soar as high as 60 feet in the air before landing, while Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y., will be the site of the moguls’ competitions.

Feb. 2 – Lake Placid Loppet and Kort Loppet. Nordic skiers will converge on the cross-country ski trails at Mt. van Hoevenberg to compete in the 30th Lake Placid Loppet. Inclement weather claimed last winter’s event. Open to classical and freestyle skiers, the Loppet is a 50k race (31-miles) through the 1980 Olympic ski trails. The vertical climb is just under 3,700 feet. The 25k Kort Loppet, also open for classical and freestyle skiers, features a vertical climb of 1,850 feet. The Lake Placid Loppet is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.

Feb. 3-9 – World Cup Luge. This is the first international luge competition on the 20-curve track since the 2009 FIL world luge championships. During the 2009 event American athlete Erin Hamlin slid to the women’s singles world championship crown. That victory halted Germany’s 99-race winning streak. Until that time a German women’s singles luge athlete had stood atop every World Cup, world championship or Olympic podium dating back to 1993.

March 15-16 – The NCAA Div. III Men’s Ice Hockey National Championships. For the fifth time, and the second consecutive year, the nation’s top DIII men’s ice hockey team will be crowned in Lake Placid. The nation’s top four teams will square off in the semi-finals, March 16, and the 2013 national champion will be crowned the following evening. The three games will be played in the famed 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena.

Other events this fall and winter include Oktoberfest, Sept. 29-30; Flaming Leaves Ski Jump, Oct. 6; Lake Placid Brew Fest, Oct. 6; Opening of the combined bobsled/luge/skeleton sliding track at Mt. van Hoevenberg (weather permitting), Oct. 15; Whiteface opens for the 2012-’13 skiing and riding season (weather permitting) Nov. 23; New Year’s Masters Ski Jump, Dec. 28; Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, Jan. 31-Feb. 3; 33rd Empire State Winter Games, Feb. 7-10; Nor/Am Biathlon racing, Feb. 23-24; FIBT Sliding School, Feb. 25-March 1; America’s Cup bobsled and skeleton racing, March 4-10.

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