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It's official: Lake Placid lands World University Games

March 5, 2018
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Nobody else could've won it, literally.

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has declared Lake Placid the host site for the 2023 Winter Universiade, a winter sports competition that would attract more than 2,500 college athletes from 52 countries, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday in a press release.

Granted, there were no other bidders.

Article Photos

From left, North Elba town Councilman Jay Rand, state Olympic Regional Development Authority Executive Vice President Jeffery Byrne, Athlete Minder CEO Mara Smith, Crowne Plaza Resort President and Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Art Lussi, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna and North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi pose in January 2017 in Lake Placid shortly before making an exploratory trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to learn more about the World University Games and if Lake Placid could host the international winter sports event. (News photo — Antonio Olivero)

"Lake Placid is the perfect location to host this event, which will showcase the very best of New York and the North Country to an international audience," Cuomo said in the release. "We are proud and fortunate to have both the natural and man-made resources required for the Winter World University Games in our own backyard and we look forward to welcoming athletes from across the globe to experience all the Adirondacks has to offer."

The group that made the bid for the games, the Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee, recently traveled to FISU headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and submitted its final presentation on why Lake Placid should be the host city.

The 11-day event will include sports such as hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, skiing and curling.

Though Lake Placid was awarded the title of host city, the plan is to have events throughout the North Country. Hockey would mainly be held at nearby colleges such as SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburgh and St. Lawrence University. The skiing and snowboarding events would be at the Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski centers in Wilmington and North Creek, respectively. The bid for the games also proposed building a new curling facility in Saranac Lake; however, details on the exact cost and location are not yet worked out.

The press release said that the committee and FISU have until June 15 to finalize a formal agreement. At that point, the two groups will start devising an official organizing committee and a master plan for the games.



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