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November 19, 2010

Empire State Games back on

Olympic Village coalition rallies to save Winter Games for 2011

LAKE PLACID — Game on.

Those words are heard more than once a day here, but Thursday morning the shout went out across the state.

Lake Placid, its winter sports community and a coalition of village and town officials are going to host the Empire State Games, as planned.

The announcement Thursday morning comes fewer than two days after the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation closed the annual winter athletic challenge due to state budget constraints.

'WE HAVE THE SPIRIT'

"Lake Placid is going to do it," North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi said Thursday. "Our feeling is if the state can't do it, we can. We know how to do this; we have the community spirit and the volunteers. It's part of our tradition to do this kind of stuff. We put the events on anyway."

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall agreed.

"I think it's fair to say that the mayor and supervisor spent some time yesterday digesting the functions of Empire State Games. Quite frankly, as to the organization and the management of the games, we have the capability to do it.

"There are lots of questions I know about what they will appear like, what changes might be made, things the state might have included in the games that might be different this year, but there are a number of people involved as far as each of the different disciplines are concerned, and many of them have stepped up.

"We thought the big news, especially for the youth of the state, is that we will keep the games going.

The mayor paused, then chuckled.

"We're excited about the prospect of doing what we do best every day."

SET FOR FEBRUARY

Empire State Games will be held as scheduled on Feb. 25 to 28, 2011, to include competition in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ski jumping, ice skating and other winter sports.

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