Governor Kathy Hochul Announces World University Winter Games
New York Governor Kathy Hochul was at the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding facility near Lake Placid on Friday afternoon to make an announcement about the upcoming World University Games to be held there in January.
The FISU World University Games will be the largest sporting competition the village has hosted since the 1980 Winter Olympics. More than 2,500 athletes as well as delegates from 600 universities representing more than 50 countries will compete in 12 sports and 86 proofs.
ORDA Board Chairman Joe Martens says they are ready.
“ORDA venues are in better shape today than they were when they were originally built for the Olympics. In fact, they are among the best in the world.
Governor Kathy Hochul continued the investments begun by her predecessor to upgrade all Olympic venues in Lake Placid.
“We have already invested more than $400 million over the past five years to modernize all ORDA facilities. But this year’s budget, I said we weren’t done. We’ve put in an additional $105 million to complete the job, so we’re making sure that when the athletes come here, they’ll leave feeling like it was truly a phenomenal, world-class experience.
Governor Hochul said she was part of the negotiating team when she was lieutenant governor to bring the University Games to New York. Standing in the square in front of the bobsled track, she announced a new deal which means people around the world will be able to watch the games.
“We have reached an agreement with ESPN to broadcast the matches. Come in person if you can, but it will be a massive, massive platform to showcase the talents of these athletes everywhere. So I can’t wait for that to happen.
This will be the network’s first time airing the World University Winter Games.
Governor Hochul also announced that the medal design has been finalized.
“What do the medals look like? We design them as a host, and they’re designed by amazing people: the faculty and students of Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics. And they used recycled glass from Potsdam, so we recycle. And they developed a glass insert, a symbol of the history of innovative glass technologies of our state.
In a promotional video provided by the organizers of the Lake Placid World University Games, Will Fowler, creative partner and creative director of Sidekick, describes the concept of the medal.
“We created something that looks like a piece of ice and it’s very angular. From a profile it also looks like a mountain ridge line. So we wanted to work with Alfred University to create some of the medals from recycled glass and we wanted to make sure that the spirit of the games was incorporated into the design of the medal through the color, through the artwork looking like something that could have been plucked from the Adirondacks themselves.
Organizing committee chief executive Ashley Walden told the crowd at Mount Van Hoevenberg that the medal was unique.
“The most defining moment in an athlete’s career is the medal ceremony. We have been extremely fortunate to work with the students and faculty at Alfred University. They have created a one-of-a-kind glass insert that will be the centerpiece of the medals awarded here in January. The insert is just another demonstration of our commitment to hosting the most sustainable FISU matches to date and is an integral part of our Save Winter initiative. On September 20, we will light the FISU flame in Turin, Italy, the birthplace of university sport. The torch will then return to New York State and begin its long-awaited journey to Lake Placid.
The FISU World University Winter Games in Lake Placid will take place from January 12-22. Tickets will go on sale September 1.