World Ice Skating Day is Dec. 3

Oona and Gage Brown, of the United States, perform at the World University Games Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid in January. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID — The second edition of the World Ice Skating Day is set to dazzle on Dec. 3.

This event promises an array of global celebrations that showcase ice skating sports. This event will be held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, organized by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority in collaboration with the International Skating Union and supported by US Figure Skating and US Speed Skating.

World Ice Skating Day 2023 will feature several activities planned around speed skating, figure skating, ice dance and synchronized skating.

Open skating sessions, open to all ages and skill levels, will start around 9 a.m. at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval and will be followed by a “Learn to Skate” session until 10 a.m. The learn to skate/open sessions will again resume at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Oval.

The Speed Skating Club of Lake Placid will provide a speed skating demo for the participants and potential speed skating aspirants from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To bring out the competitive spirit among the participants, there will be relay races until 11:30 a.m. at the Oval that will provide an opportunity to experience the speed and athleticism of the sport.

The Skating Club of Lake Placid will showcase a special “Parade of Nations” Exhibition from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Oval.

Several Olympians will be present for a meet and greet, and the public will have opportunities to meet these legends, including US Men’s Figure Skating Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie, the 2022 World Junior Ice Dance Champions Oona and Gage Brown, and the Skyliners Junior Synchronized Skating Team. This meeting will take place at the Olympic Center Empire Room between 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum will open its doors to host the guests of the meet and greet.

At the 1932 Jack Shea Arena, proceedings will continue at 3:15 p.m. with a welcome message and dignitary introduction by Wylie, followed by a figure skating exhibition put together by local youth skaters, a performance by Ice Dance Champions Oona and Gage Brown and a synchronized skating exhibition by the Skyliners Junior Synchronized Skating team until 3:40 p.m.

At 3:40 p.m., a flash dance be performed by local skaters. Those present will be invited to join in the fun.

The festivities are scheduled to continue until 4 p.m., concluding with a “Disco on Ice” that will welcome all participants, kids, families, guests, and the organizers themselves to get together on the ice for a final World Ice Skating Day celebration.

ISU President Jae Youl Kim is looking forward to the second edition of the World Ice Skating Day 2023 Main Event.

“Lake Placid’s unique history with winter sports and ice skating, makes it an ideal setting for the WISD. Our goal is to create a global movement and encourage countries from all continents to participate to the World Ice Skating Day. Lake Placid organized an excellent event last year and we are especially thankful to the Olympic Authority along with US Figure Skating and US Speed Skating for their support and all the activations they have planned for this year’s main event,” Kim said. “I am confident that Lake Placid will set an exemplary standard, inspiring other countries to become WISD Main Event Partners in the upcoming editions.”


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