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February 7, 2013

The more the merrier for Winter Games

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TORCH LIGHTING

Most New York sporting clubs hold qualifying events to move athletes up to the Empire State Winter Games.   

“And the torch run is leading the flame here through the different communities,” Blazer added.

A designated competitor, whose name was not released yet on Wednesday, will use that flame to light the torch in the Herb Brooks arena as athletes gather for opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. today.

From that point on, winter venues will be in constant event rotation.

New slope-style activities are also planned at Whiteface Ski Resort in Wilmington, where trails are ready and courses set.

The awards celebration with fireworks is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday in Mid’s Park on Main Street in Lake Placid.

YOUNG ATHLETES

The model for these games is Olympic.

“We look at what the International Olympic Committee is doing,” said Winter Games spokesman Sandy Caligiore. 

The goal is to draw young athletes into a larger field of competition filled with Olympic-sized spirit and camaraderie.

“If we can engage that younger crowd and keep them engaged, we would have done well,” he added.

FULL WEEKEND

With the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, Luge World Cup Competition, and the regular winter guests arriving today, the Tri-Lakes area is facing a busy weekend.

The possibility of a big snowstorm Friday just adds to the excitement here.

“We will start dancing in the streets,” McKenna said.

“We’re a modern resort community. We have the capabilities of dealing with that,” Blazer said.

A full house and a full slate of activities look to make for a winter blast.

“As the mayor of Saranac Lake, Clyde Rabideau once said, ‘The more the merrier,’” Caligiore quipped. “The more and we’re merrier.”

Email Kim Smith: kdedam@pressrepublican.co

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GAMES SCHEDULE

A complete listing of events, times and venues is posted online at empirestatewintergames.com and all venues are open to the public.

Results will be updated regularly for each competition.

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