Lake Placid to host eight major events in March
LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will host eight major events in March. The events are expected to bring more than 1,000 athletes to the Olympic region.
The United States Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships will take place from March 6-12 at Whiteface Mountain and Mount Van Hoevenberg. The event will feature competitions in alpine, snowboard, Freeski and Nordic skiing.
On March 18-19, the recently modernized Olympic Center will welcome back the Eastern College Athletic Conference Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The USA Bobsled teams return to Lake Placid for training and their team championships March 21-25.
Rounding out March will be a tripleheader weekend of events, kicked off by an athlete parade and Olympic athlete homecoming on March 24. U.S. Biathlon returns to Lake Placid for the U.S. Biathlon National Championships March 25-27 — the first time in 20 years — while Team USA and many international notable athletes will compete at the International Ski Federation Lake Placid Continental Cup. The schedule includes Men’s Nordic combined and Women’s HS100 ski jumping — the first women’s FIS ski-jumping competition to take place in the U.S. since 2009.
Another hockey tournament will be held at the Olympic Center on March 25-26 with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Men’s College Ice Hockey Championship. Finally, short track speedskating will glide into April 1-3 with USS Short Track Age Group National Championships.
Since its inception — after the 1980 Olympic Winter Games — ORDA has brought over 510 national and international events, 115 World Cup competitions, and 19 World Championships to northern New York, according to ORDA.