Forum tonight on University Games progress

From left, U.S. International University Sports Federation Secretary General Delise O’Meally, state Olympic Regional Development Authority President Mike Pratt, International University Sports Federation delegates Marian Dymalski, Eric Saintrond and Torin Koos, and ORDA Vice President Jeff Byrne sit on the panel at a February 2018 press conference at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington on potential venues and lodging for the 2023 Winter World University Games. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Sports Council will host a virtual town hall today at 7 p.m. The focus of the meeting will be on the progress being made toward the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, which Lake Placid and the Adirondack region will host Jan. 12-22, 2023.

The virtual meeting will be streamed through the Adirondack Sport Council’s YouTube channel so people can view and listen through their computer, tablet or phone.

Saranac Lake resident and 2018 men’s single luge Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer will be the host for this event.

Panelists are expected to highlight the global scale of the games and their economic impact to the region. Other topics include New York’s state’s commitment to upgrading the Lake Placid area’s winter sports venues. Panelists will also discuss how the venues and housing will have a lasting impact on the region.

Presenters will include Oleg Matytsin, president of International University Sports Federation (FISU); James McKenna, president and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism; Ashley Walden, executive director of Adirondack Sports Council; and Mike Pratt, president and CEO of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Isabel Sharp of Cornell University skis up a hill at Mount Van Hoevenberg in March 2018 on her way to the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association women’s 15K Nordic classic skiing national championship. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

A question-and-answer panel will follow the presentations featuring Walden and Chris Carroll, head of marketing, sponsorship and communication at the Adirondack Sports Council. Residents are encouraged to participate and invited to email the panelists ahead of time with questions or comments to info@LakePlacid2023.com.

The FISU Winter World University Games are the largest university winter multi-sport competition in the world, and the Lake Placid 2023 games are expected to bring more than 2,500 athletes, plus coaches and officials, to the region. Student-athletes will compete in 12 sports throughout the North Country and Adirondack region including Alpine and Nordic skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined (ski jumping and Nordic skiing), biathlon, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, short-track and long-track speedskating, and snowboarding.

For more information about the 2023 Winter World University Games, log onto www.lakeplacid2023.com.


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