A warm welcome to the athletes and their family and friends who are in Lake Placid and the surrounding area for this year's Empire State Winter Games.
The Games are a multi-day sports event that will take place Feb. 2-5 in Lake Placid, and has united nearly 1,000 athletes from all over the state to
compete in a variety of winter sports for
more than 31 years.
Among the sports that will be represented at this years' Games are alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, biathlon, figure skating, luge,
speedskating, bobsled and skeleton, womens ice
hockey, ski orienteering and freestyle skier/boarder events.
It's a privilege for the Olympic Village and Region to host so many of the state's finest athletes in this special kind of winter sports event.
Remember last year when the Games were in doubt? After New York state cut funding prior to last year's annual winter event, local municipalities and organizations successfully formed a coalition to keep the Games alive. We owe a debt of gratitude to our region's leaders and others who pooled together to keep the torch lit.
Over the next few days, these athletes, their friends and families will be hanging around our village. Let's all help make it a memorable experience for them -one that keeps them coming back.
Last year, James McKenna, CEO of the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, made a pleas for locals to come out and attend some of the events of the Games. That plea is once again resounded here.
To see the event schedule, see page 10 of this issue of the Lake Placid News. Show your support for the Games and help ensure they never leave our region. The competitions are free to attend.
In the spirit of the Olympic tradition and for the sake of good healthy competition: Let the Games begin.