Several World Class winter sporting events and other big attractions are scheduled for February and March in Lake Placid — and that’s a great thing. Now is a good time to get the word out that these events are worth attending and promote the Olympic Region.
Here’s a brief rundown of what’s happening.
¯The World Cup Freestyle scheduled Jan. 18 and 19. On the 18th, there will be aerial competition at the Olympic Jumping Complex and on the 19th there will be skiing action at Whiteface Mountain.
¯The FIL Luge World Championships are scheduled for Feb. 6 to 8. This is the biggest event for these athletes heading into the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
¯Disney on Ice will be at the Olympic Center Feb. 12 to 16.
¯The FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships will be held Feb. 20 to March 1, and this event, too, will be the biggest event for these athletes heading into the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
¯The Empire State Games will be held in the area Feb. 20 to 22.
¯The NorAm Alpine Finals will be held March 12 to 16.
¯The NCAA Division III Ice Hockey Championships will be held March 20 and 21.
These events all represent some of the best, if not the best, athletes in their sport. Having them take place here in Lake Placid is great for the community.
And the recent effort by several local residents to plan a festival around some of these events is truly grand. Organizers hope to see a celebration on a frozen Mirror Lake, at the village park that will include sleigh rides fireworks and snow sculptures. They even plan to get the local schools involved by having students paint murals to promote the event. Organizers and those who jump on the bandwagon should be recognized and thanked for their effort — and anyone who can lend a hand with funding or ideas, should do so.
Such an initiative epitomizes the type of effort the village and region need to keep visitors coming back — and best of all, will remind our children that they live in a
special neck of the woods.
Let’s all get on board and make these events a great experience for not just those who decide to visit our region, but make it worthwhile for the entire community. It’ll be well worth the effort, and will continue to build upon the success of our Olympic Village.