The Winter Universiade is set to return to Lake Placid in 2023.
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) completed the Host City Contract signing on August 16th, 2018 in Lausanne after New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order officially authorizing Lake Placid and the surrounding North Country Region to host the 31st edition of the event from the New York State Capital.
The signing marks the second occasion that Lake Placid will host the international multi-sport event for university athletes, after the edition in 1972. More than 3,000 student-athletes, delegates and officials representing 60 countries and 600 universities are expected to compete during an 11-day period in over 70 events. Based on previous viewing, organizers expect over 350 million worldwide broadcast viewers and 7,000 hours of coverage.
Lake Placid has a long-standing and rich sporting history, having hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and 1980, in addition to the Winter Universiade 1972. The State of New York also held the last Universiade on North American soil, with the 1993 summer events held in Buffalo. Nearly 40 years have passed since Lake Placid last hosted a major international multi-sport event. Since 1980 however, Lake Placid has hosted 14 World Championships and more than 100 World Cup competitions. This year alone, the region will be hosting five World Cup competitions as well as the Para-Bobsleigh World Championships.
The upcoming Winter Universiade will be held from 2-12 March 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and is expected to draw 2,500 participants from over 50 countries to the heart of Siberia. The 2021 Winter Universiade host is Lucerne, Switzerland.
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Photo of United States International University Sports Federation Secretary General Delice OMeally signing the Host City Contract, courtesy ORDA.