Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games begin One-Year Out Celebration

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LAKE PLACID — The One-Year Out Celebration for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games kicked off this week. The winter edition of the 11-day cultural exchange and sporting event will return to the U.S. and Lake Placid Jan. 12-22, 2023, after a 50-year absence.

“New York is proud to welcome the 2023 FISU World University Games to Lake Placid and showcase all we have to offer for the rest of the world,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “By hosting these games in our backyard, fans and visitors will not only have the opportunity to experience the majestic beauty of the Adirondacks, but enjoy competition featuring some of the best athletes the world’s universities have to offer.”

In March 2018, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) announced the North Country region would host the 31st edition of the Games. They are the second largest multi-sport winter event in the world, after the Winter Olympics, for collegiate athletes between the ages of 17 and 25. Next January’s event is expected to draw as many as 1,600 athletes from 50 nations and 600 universities to compete in 12 sports and 86 events, with an equal number of women’s and men’s medals.

The Games will also attract thousands of fans to Lake Placid and surrounding North Country communities to see these elite athletes vie for medals in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle and freeski, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating (long track).

To celebrate that the event is a year away, Lake Placid 2023 organized several events throughout the region.

They include:

-Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 - Deck parties at Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. Between noon and 4 p.m. there will be music, contests and giveaways from each of the base lodge’s deck. Adirondack Mac, the 2023 Games’ mascot, will also roam each of the resorts, pose for pictures and sign autographs.

-Monday, Jan. 17 - Moonlight curling under the full moon on Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake from 6-8 p.m. The festivities also include live music, fire pits and hot chocolate.

-Friday, Jan. 21 - Adirondack Mac heads to Canton, where the SUNY Canton women’s ice hockey team plays host to rival SUNY Potsdam. Mac will be on hand to greet fans and pose for pictures. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

-Saturday, Jan. 22 - The FISU World University Games flag raising ceremony. This event, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Mid’s Park in Lake Placid, signifies the North Country as the next Games host.

For more information about the Games, visit: www.lakeplacid2023.com.

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