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20 October 2022 | in Winter FISU World University Games

Final visit in preparation for Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games

Less than three months before the Opening Ceremony, an international group of FISU officials are in Lake Placid and the surrounding Adirondack communities for a final check of venues and operations for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games.

 

The eight FISU officials' mission is to inspect and approve details at each of the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games’ venues, located in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Wilmington, North Creek, Canton and Potsdam. 

 

“We are excited to showcase this amazing event and once again welcome the world to Lake Placid and the Adirondack region," said Ashley Walden, executive director of the Adirondack Sports Council, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games’ Organizing Committee. "With so many preparations either complete or in the home stretch, this visit is our opportunity to ensure we are aligned with FISU on the final crucial details.”

 

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games, set for Jan. 12-22, is expected to draw 1,500 athletes, ages 17-25, from over 50 countries and 600 universities to compete in winter sports events including Alpine skiing, curling, cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, figure skating, speedskating, Nordic combined, short track speedskating, ski jumping, free ski and snowboard.

 

The FISU visit comes on the heels of September's Head of Delegations meetings, where international delegates received a firsthand look at venues after the worldwide pandemic limited travel and access to competition sites.

 

“As we get closer to the start of the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games, this allows us to further refine planning based on feedback that came out of September’s Head of Delegations meeting,” said Milan Augustin, FISU Games Winter Director. “During this visit, test events in ice hockey will be organized using all ice hockey tournament arenas and our Technical Chairs will be present to provide additional advice. This will put both FISU and the Lake Placid Organizing Committee in the best position to finalize planning leading up to the arrival of athletes and the Opening Ceremony on January 12.”

 

The trip also allows FISU officials to take a final look at other elements of the competition like security, medical – including COVID-related policies and protection guidelines – transportation, and ceremonies. Representatives from the U.S. Antidoping Agency (USADA) will also be touring venues.

 

FISU operations staff are expected to begin arriving in Lake Placid in late December to provide support to the Lake Placid Organizing Committee for the duration of the Games.