The eighth International Children's Winter Games will bring the spirit of friendship through competition and the excitement of winter sports back Lake Placid, January 6-11, 2019.
Over 450 athletes ages 12 to 15 from 33 cities spanning 14 countries from around the world will compete with their peers in eight sports: alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, biathlon, long track speed skating, figure skating, and hockey. The events are held at Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex, speed skating oval, and the Olympic Center.
All are welcome to be a part of the Games and pageantry by attending the opening ceremonies, the athlete parade and fireworks, and watching the daily competitions.
The opening ceremony, on Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m., is free, open to the public, and will be held in the Herb Brooks Arena in the Lake Placid Olympic Center. A live performance by the Montreal-based contemporary circus group THROW2CATCH will entertain the audience with their eclectic mix of acrobatics, dance, theatre and music. A local Adirondack choir composed of 150 local students will perform, and there will be the lighting of the cauldron, signifying the opening of the Games. New York City based magician and mentalist Gary Ferrar will be master of ceremonies. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are not needed.
The athletes' parade is Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conference Center (2608 Main Street) and ends at Lake Placid's Mid's Park on Main Street. Included in the parade are heads of delegations, athletes, ICWG committee members, and representatives from each city. At 7:45 p.m., a fireworks display begins over Mirror Lake. Main Street will be closed to traffic during the parade.
All the competitions are open to the public and are free, with the exception of the freestyle and snowboarding events, which requires a Whiteface Mountain lift ticket. Competitions take place Monday, January 7 - Thursday January 10. Visit LakePlacid2019.com for a complete schedule.