ORDA Update for September 7

September 7, 2018

The 2019 International Children's Winter Games in Lake Placid are just four months away. Modeled after the Olympics, the Games are scheduled for January 6-11, 2019, in Lake Placid.

Lake Placid will be the first United States city ever to host the International Children's Winter Games and competition for youth, ages 12 to 15. Geared toward friendly competition and international cultural diversity, competition will be held in 31 events over eight (we dropped short track) different sports of Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, snowboard and long track speed skating.

Entry into the winter Games is by invitation only and to date almost 600 athletes from 38 cities, representing 16 countries are expected to participate. In addition to sport competition, Lake Placid will offer cultural exchange events and entertainment programs to help create lasting friendships and memories.

The Alpine and freestyle skiing and snowboarding will be held at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, while the Nordic ski events are slated for the Olympic Jumping Complex. The Olympic speed skating oval will host long track speed skating, while the Olympic Center's Herb Brooks Arena is the site of Opening and Closing ceremonies, figure skating and hockey.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sue Cameron, scameron@roostadk.com. A public information meeting has been scheduled for October 11. The meeting will provide an update on the Games and volunteer opportunities. Details are forthcoming.

Support for the 2019 International Children's Winter Games is being provided by Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program, under the Market NY initiative. To learn more, visit https://www.lakeplacid2019.com/.