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ESWG competitors roll into town

February 2, 2012
By the News staff (sports@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

As the Empire State Winter Games torch run made its way through the Adirondacks on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 2, ESWG organizers announced a field of 967 competitors would converge on the region for the event that concludes Sunday, Feb. 5.

The games were slated to kick off with the giant slalom on Draper's Drop at Whiteface Mountain and with figure skating in the Olympic Center, both on Thursday morning.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in the Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena on Thursday night.

Article Photos

Mike Lynch/Lake Placid News
Students from the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School finish the first part of the Empire State Winter Games torch run on Route 9N near the intersection with state Route 73 in Keene on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

This will be the first year that the Empire State Winter Games will take place without any funding from the state. After finding out that there would be no additional funding for the Games prior to last year's event, a public-private organization that included local governments and businesses banded together to ensure the Games would continue. Organizers already had medals and uniforms that were funded by the state, but this year were left on their own.

The ESWG event schedule will be full Friday through Sunday.

The number of athletes surpasses last year's total of 909 despite the loss of 14 biathletes who will not compete after organizers canceled the event. A thin, icy base on the biathlon trails at Mount Van Hoevenberg eroded further overnight when rain, accompanied by warm and windy conditions forced the hand of organizers.

The venue was to host Nordic racing as well as adaptive cross country and adaptive biathlon. Those events have moved to the Olympic Jumping Complex where a course has been created from mostly man-made snow.

Also, snowshoeing was relocated to the Paul Smith's College soccer field and/or the trails at the VIC. These competitions were originally slated for the Petrova Middle School and Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake. The latter venue will host boys and girls slalom races, and will resume snowmaking when temperatures permit.

Below is a schedule of all weekend events:

32nd Empire State Winter Games

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Feb. 2

Athlete Check-in

North Elba Room, Conference Center

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Alpine Giant Slalom

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

11 a.m.

Figure Skating

Olympic Center 1980 Rink

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Torch Run

Arrives at Olympic Center

6 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies

Olympic Center 1980 Rink

6 to 7:30 p.m. (Keynote speaker: James Tolkan-Actor)

Friday, Feb. 3

Athlete Check-in

North Elba Room, Conference Center

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alpine Slalom

Mount Pisgah, Saranac Lake

10 a.m.

Adaptive Alpine Clinic

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

10 a.m.

Cross Country

Olympic Ski jumping Complex

3 p.m.

Skeleton

Combined Track

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Snowboard Cross, Ski Cross

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

9 a.m.

Long Track Speed Skating

Olympic Oval

4 to 7 p.m.

Women's Ice Hockey

Olympic Center USA Rink

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Figure Skating

Olympic Center 1980 Rink

9 p.m.

Special Events

"Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: The Glory of Competition"

Lussi Ballroom

7 to 8:30 p.m.

"Lower Extremity Injuries & Why They Occur"

Salon A&B Lussi

7 to 7:40 p.m.

"Managing High School Education as a Winter Sport"

Salon C Lussi

7 to 7:40 p.m.

"Practical Exercises for Increasing Sport Performance"

Salon A&B Lussi

8 to 8:40 p.m.

"Personalities! Figure out your Coach, Parents, Teammates-or even You!"

Salon C Lussi

8 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Late Athlete Check-In

North Elba Room, Conference Cener

9 to 11a.m.

Adaptive Alpine Clinic

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

10 a.m.

Ski Jumping

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

10:30 a.m.

Nordic Combined

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

2:30 p.m.

Ski Orienteering

Dewey Mountain, Saranac Lake

11 a.m.

Snowboard/Ski Cross

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

9 a.m.

Snowshoe Sprint

Paul Smith's VIC or school soccer fields

9 a.m.

Snowshoe Distance

Paul Smith's VIC or school soccer fields

Noon

Short Track Speed Skating

Olympic Center 1932 Rink

8 a.m. to noon

Long Track Speed Skating

Olympic Oval

1 to 4 p.m.

Women's Ice Hockey

Olympic Center USA Rink

8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Figure Skating

Olympic Center 1980 Rink

9 a.m.

Fireworks over Mirror Lake

8:45 p.m.

Special Events

"Small Town, Big Dreams: Lake Placid's Olympic Story"

Lussi Ballroom

7 to 8:30 p.m.

"College Planning for Winter Sports Athletes"

Salon A&B Lussi

8 to 8:40 p.m.

"Climate Change and its Impact on Winter Sports Cultures"

Salon C Lussi

8 to 8:40 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Adaptive Alpine

Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

10 a.m.

Biathlon - Canceled

Mount Van Hoevenberg

8:30 p.m.

Cross Country

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

Noon

Adaptive Cross Country

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

Noon

Bobsled

Combined Track

3 to 5 p.m.

Luge

Combined Track

8 p.m.

Slopestyle

Whiteface Mountain

9 a.m.

Short Track Speed Skating

Olympic Center 1932 Rink

8 a.m. to noon

Women's Ice Hockey

Olympic Center USA Rink

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Figure Skating

Olympic Center 1980 Rink

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 
 

 

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