LAKE PLACID — The 2020 Empire State Winter Games featured a record number of athletes-more than 2,600 from New York, throughout the United States, and internationally-who competed in approximately 30 events. This year’s Games were held Jan. 30-Feb. 2.
“We had eight sports have record registration, including four that saw tremendous growth last year as well,” said Molly Rose Mayer, ESWG Event Director in a news release. “We also had the largest contingency of international athletes we have ever seen. It was fun to watch athletes from so many different places participate together.”
Sled hockey, U10, U12, and U14 alpine skiing, biathlon, junior bobsled, ski jumping, ski orienteering, snowshoe, and esports all had a record number of athletes compete. The final ESWG adaptive alpine race will be held on Feb. 29.
The push para bobsled event, which was new for this year, featured athletes from Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Great Britain, the United States, and more. In addition, the esports Overwatch Collegiate Invitational tournament had participation from 24 Eastern College Athletic Conference teams. The first-place team, Alfred State, received $2,000 for winning the tournament.
The opening ceremony, held at the Herb Brooks Arena on Jan. 30, had more than 7,000 people in attendance to kick off the Games.
The cross-country ski races were held at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, the Mount Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium and Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Johnstown High School freshmen Molley Sweeney and Trey Naselli claimed several medals in the cross-country skiing events.
Sweeney earned two gold and two silver medals, while Naselli earned a silver and a bronze medal.
In the girls 2.5K freestyle prologue cross country event, Sweeney placed second to earn a silver medal. She also won the 5K classical cross country event to claim her second gold medal.
In girls cross country sprint championship, Sweeney won to earn a gold medal. She also was second in the girls 5K freestyle cross country event to earn her second silver medal of the weekend.
In the boys 5K classical cross country event, Naselli was second and earned a silver medal.
In the boys 5K freestyle, nazilli was third to claim a bronze medal.
Mayfield’s Matt Brower was third in the 20K freestyle to earn a bronze medal.
Thousands of athletes from across the state and beyond participated in the 40th Annual ESWG. This year’s title sponsor of the ESWG is Community Bank, N.A.
For additional results from this year’s Empire State Winter Games, visit EmpireStateWinterGames.com.