Keene's Tommy Biesemeyer poses with Empire State Games participants after giving the keynote address at the opening ceremonies.
While the torch has been lit and the games have begun, there is still a lot to do this weekend as part of the Empire State Winter Games.
Events take place through Sunday, with athletes of all ages from every corner of the state descending on Lake Placid and the Tri-Lakes area to compete for the gold, much like the global Winter Olympic Games taking place at the same time in Sochi, Russia.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, figure skaters take to the ice of the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena and 1932 Rink throughout the day. Also on the 1932 rink will be short track speedskating, which starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. On the USA Rink, squirt hockey games start at 8 a.m. and continued past 5 p.m. Outside at the Olympic Center, long track speedskating events start at 1 p.m.
At Whiteface Mountain, events will include adaptive alpine races, giant slalom, slopestyle training, skiercross, bordercross and adaptive ski events.
The Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg will feature the luge competition as well as biathlon, cross country and adaptive cross country events.
Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake will host the ski orienteering events.
Women’s hockey, taking place at the Tupper Lake arena, starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 6 p.m.
In the evening, the Olympic Oval will host the Empire State Games Festival from 5 to 7 p.m., which will include an exhibition of the sport of adaptive sled hockey.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, the winners in figure skating will be determined on the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena ice, while squirt hockey teams will battle for the gold on the USA rink and short track speedskating events will conclude on the 1932 rink.
The women’s hockey tournament will hold its final games at the Tupper Lake arena, while Whiteface Mountain will host slalom races and the slopestyle finals.
Luge, bobsled, biathlon and adaptive pursuit races along with cross country meets will take place at the Olympic Sports Complex, while snowshoe races will take place at the Adirondack Visitor’s Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths.
For more on the games, visit the website empirestatewintergames.com.