Lake Placid is one of three USA cities competing in 7th Annual International Children's Games Innsbruck

Lake Placid is one of three US cities being represented at
the International Children's Games
Lake Placid may be known for hosting two Winter Olympic Games, but currently Lake Placid is in the spotlight for being one of three United States cities sending a group of young students to participate in the International Children's Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

The International Children's Games originated from Slovenian sports instructor Metod Klemenc's idea to create a better world based on friendship. After World War II, Klemenc wanted to help unite the world through its young people from different countries using sports as the equalizer.

Cleveland, OH and Big Bear Lake,CA are also
representing the United States at the
International Children's Games
This international multi-sport event is targeted to children aged 13 to 15 years by invitation only. Nine countries participated that first year, 1968, Since that time 49 summer games and six winter games have taken place with over 45,000 participants from 580 cities from all five continents. 

This year Lake Placid, NY makes the third United States delegation to be invited to the International Children's Games. Taking place in Innsbruck January 11-16, 2016, the Lake Placid team is competing in such disciplines as Nordic, Alpine and Freestyle skiing as well as Speed skating, 
Lake Placid athletes include: Alpine skiing: Hugh Dempsey, Jake Reynolds, Aiden Smith, Inez Burkard, Andrea Reynolds, Chelsea Smith and alternate Sarah Coombs. Cross-country skiing: James Flanigan, Adrian Hayden, Jesse Izzo, Van Ledger, Anya Morgan, Sylvie Linck and alternates Colter Cheney-Seymour and Leena Keal. Freestyle skiing: Kaylen Reiley, Bryant Ward, Madeline Prichard, Audrey Higgins-Lopez and alternates Matthew Byrne and Julia Schneider. Speed skating: Matthew Crovella and Sarah Crovella.
In order to qualify for the International Children's Games each athlete had to be nominated by their coaches as well as receive recommendations from community members. Each athlete submitted an application and wrote an essay about how they would share their Innsbruck Games experience with their community. 

View a video of the opening games: The USA teams enter at around 1:53. Enjoy! 

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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