TUPPER LAKE — This February, Tupper Lake will host Empire State Winter Games events for the first time.
The 34th-annual games are set for Feb. 6 through 9 at various Olympic venues in and around Lake Placid, where more than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in 21 different sports disciplines.
The Parade of Athletes and opening ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena.
This year, women’s hockey games will be held at the Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, said Tupper Lake Village Mayor and Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun.
He said he has another meeting Monday with Jim McKenna, chief-executive officer of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), to discuss more details.
“I think it’s great because it goes to show what’s good for Lake Placid is good for Tupper Lake, and what’s good for Tupper Lake is good for Saranac Lake,” Maroun said. “We’ll offer any assistance we can, whether they need transportation or housing.
“We’re very happy to be included in the Empire Games and hope we can continue to pursue other things with Jim McKenna and ROOST.”
The venue at corner of McLaughlin and Santa Clara avenues in Tupper Lake will be the site of five games on Friday, Feb. 7, six games on Saturday, Feb. 8, and the final three games on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Competing ice-hockey teams will represent New York City, central and western New York, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and the Adirondack region.
Along with women’s hockey, other Winter Games competitions will include alpine skiing, with slalom and giant-slalom events; the biathlon, which is cross-country skiing and rifle shooting; bobsled; cross-country skiing; figure skating; luge; Nordic combined, which is cross-country skiing and ski jumping; skeleton; ski jumping; ski orienteering, which combines cross-country skiing and map navigation; and ski-cross and boarder-cross competition that combines downhill skiing through gates on a track with bank turns and jumps.
There are also four adaptive competitions planned for athletes with mental and physical disabilities in alpine, biathlon, boarder-cross and cross-country skiing.
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