The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) opened the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track at the Olympic Sports Complex for U.S. national team training on Monday, October 15th.
Workers chilled the concrete and laid ice on the 20-curve, mile-long chute on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just five miles east from the two-time Winter Olympic village. Athletes from USA Luge as well as USA Bobsled and Skeleton will hit the ice to begin preparations for their World Cup campaigns. » Continue Reading.
New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their schedule of events on the Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter 2018-’19 calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.
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. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced they are accepting public comments for two associated actions related to proposed improvements at the Gore Mountain Intensive Use Ski Area.
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is accepting comments on plans for new ski trails, snowmaking system enhancements, upgrades to the parking lots, and various other improvements at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Comments are due by June 9th. » Continue Reading.
Eight 2018 Olympians will participate in Wednesday’s Saranac Lake Parade of Olympians in honor of the region’s Olympic heritage (March 21, 5:30 pm) along with several coaches, support staff and many past Olympians. The parade will be led by Saranac Lake’s own Chris Mazdzer, the United States’ first-ever men’s singles Olympic luge medalist.
Local youth groups including downhill and cross-country ski groups, figure skating, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Saranac Lake Marching Band and Ensembles and both the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Fire Departments are also participating.
The multi-agency search for a missing skier, Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, continued through the weekend and continues today, Monday, February 12, 2018. Filippidis, age 49, of Toronto, Canada, was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. He was last seen at the Whiteface Mountain Ski resort’s mid-station between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Since that time, teams led by the Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers in coordination with the New York State Police and staff from Whiteface Mountain have been searching for Filippidis. » Continue Reading.
The State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is accepting comments on a major and much needed multi-million dollar upgrade to its facilities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. In particular, ORDA is proposing multiple improvements at Whiteface and Gore Mountain Ski Centers through amendments to each facility’s Unit Management Plan (UMP). Proposed improvements include the addition or replacement of ski lifts, widening of trails, creation of new trails, and re-classification of Forest Preserve lands.
While these improvements appear to be needed to modernize the ORDA recreational facilities, they must to be legal and demonstrate responsible environmental stewardship. The public can provide written comments until February 9, 2018 and are strongly encouraged to add their voice to the larger discussion. » Continue Reading.
The 38th annual Empire State Winter Games are set to kick off on Thursday, February 1 and will run until Sunday, February 4 around the Adirondack region. More than 2,500 participants are expected to compete in 17 different sports during the three-day multi-sport festival.
The event gives amateur athletes the opportunity to compete in world-class Olympic venues in more than 30 events. The Games will kick off with an inaugural Torch Relay departing from New York City. » Continue Reading.
The village of Lake Placid will be celebrating its long Olympic history throughout the month of February with Olympic themed food and drink specials, village decorations, and a Jumbotron on near the Olympic Center showing Olympic competitions daily. » Continue Reading.
The world’s top freestyle aerial World Cup skiers have only two more opportunities to qualify for February’s Olympic Winter Games when they compete in Friday and Saturday’s, Jan. 19-20, Putnam Investments Freestyle Cup, at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. The Olympic Jumping Complex is one of the sport’s most iconic venues, having hosted a World Cup event every year since 1985.
The U.S. aerials team has historically performed well on the aerials site in Lake Placid. Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, Va.) and Mac Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.) will be looking to defend their podium finishes here from last year. Jon Lillis (Rochester, NY), who landed a nearly perfect triple-twisting triple flip last week, along with Maddy Olsen (Park City, Utah) and Madie Varmette (Stafford, Va.) are carrying momentum into the two-time Olympic village after some of their best World Cup finishes in Deer Valley, Utah. » Continue Reading.
According to an announcement sent to the press, the International Children’s Winter Games will bring their competition to Lake Placid in 2019.
As many as a thousand athletes are expected to participate from Jan. 6-11, 2019 in the multi-sport and cultural event that gives young athletes from around the world a chance to compete on a world-class stage. » Continue Reading.
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