February 3, 2014

Sports shorts: Feb. 3, 2014

Biesemeyer to open Winter Games

LAKE PLACID — Organizers of the 34th Empire State Winter Games, presented by Hannaford Supermarkets, have announced that local alpine skier and U.S. Ski Team athlete, Tommy Biesemeyer, will deliver the keynote speech Thursday , at the Opening Ceremony in the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The 6 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

In addition, Omar Bermejo will deliver the Athlete Oath at the official opening of the Games. Bermejo is an adaptive athlete who will compete in cross country skiing.

Biesemeyer of Keene, N.Y., is a product of the New York Ski Educational Foundation at Whiteface Mountain and a graduate of National Sports Academy in Lake Placid. He has raced as a member of the U.S. Ski Team in recent years. Beisemeyer was in consideration this winter for nomination to the Sochi Winter Games, but a knee injury suffered earlier this season ended those hopes.

After subsequent surgery leading to rehabilitation, Biesemeyer is now studying at the University of Vermont, but will return to address more than 1,000 athletes expected to gather for the Games on the eve of the Sochi Opening Ceremony.

A skier since the age of three, Biesemeyer won the overall 2011 North American Ski Trophy Series. He also added the Super Combined title that season, and at the 2011 U.S. Championships he raced to a silver medal in Super G.

Bermejo of Grand Rapids, Mich., will compete in the ESWG before departing for Sochi next month to race in the Paralympic Games.

The Opening Ceremony of the Empire State Winter Games, presented by Hannaford Supermarkets, will also include barrel-jumping and a synchronized skating exhibition.

The Games will be held Feb. 6-9 in and around the Tri-Lakes region, extending to Tupper Lake for the first time, where women’s hockey will be contested in the civic center.

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