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As I'm sure you know, the 2023 Winter Universiade will take place in Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And here are two videos from FISU announcing that fact. However, it is little remembered that Lake Placid hosted the Winter Universiade before - in 1972. The games were mostly ignored by the media and public alike as they took place at the exact same time as the XIth Olympic Winter Games were occurring in Sapporo, Japan. The games have since been mostly forgotten about. I recently discovered old issues online of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the local newspaper in Saranac Lake, New York, which is the nearest city to Lake Placid.  These old newspapers turned out to have a treasure trove of information about these long forgotten games - schedules, results, detailed descriptions of the action in the events, and even a few social items involving the athletes (and even some stolen typewriters!) I have painstakingly transcribed these articles and I now present this information to you, to take a look back at the first Lake Placid Winter Universiade as we look ahead to the 2023 Universiade there, and I hope you all will find them as interesting as I have. I apologize for any typos as I copied them from plain text and had to hand correct numerous errors that always occur with that process. (Scroll below the videos for the articles.) ENJOY!

7:00am.—Men's Compulsory School Figures
2:00p.m.—Compulsory Ice Dance Immediately Followed by Short Pair Program 
8:00 p.m.—Opening Ceremonies 
2:00 p.m.—Hockey at Plattsburgh Arena—Canada vs. Russia 
SUNDAY — FEB. 27th
7:00 a.m.—Ladies Compulsory School Figures 
2:00 p.m.—Set Pattern Dance—Immediately Followed by Pairs Free Program 
8:00 p.m.—Men's Free Skating—Immediately Followed by Free Dance Program 
10:00 a.m.—Downhill—Non-Stop Training Run 
2:00 p.m.—Ski Jumping—Combined 60-Meter 
5:30 p.m.—Opening Ceremonies 
8:00 p.m.—Hockey—Canada vs. United Stales 
MONDAY — FEB. 28th 
10:00 a.m.—Downhill Race—Men and Women 
2:00 p.m.—Ladies Free Skating Program 
8:00 p.m.—Hockey—United States vs. Russia 
8:00 p.m.—Figure Skating Exhibitions 
9:00 a.m.—Cross Country—Men's Special and  Combined—15 km. 
9:00 a.m.—Cross Country—Women's 5 km 
8:00 p.m.—Hockey—Canada vs. Russia 
9:30 a.m.—Slalom—Men and Women 
8:00 p.m.—Hockey—United States vs. Canada 
8:00 a.m.—Speed Skating—Men's 500 and 5,000— Women's 500 and 1500 
9:00 a.m.—Cross Country Relay—Men 4x10 
9:00 a.m.—-Cross Country Relay—Women 3x5 
    8:00 p.m.—Hockey—United States vs. Russia 
8:00 a.m.—Speed Skating—Men's 10,000—Women's 3,000 
10:00 a.m.—Giant Slalom—Men 
9:00 p.m.—Hockey—Canada vs. Russia 
8:00 a.m.—Speed Skating—Men's 10,000— Women's 3,000 
9:00 a.m.—CrossCountry—Men's 30 km— Women's 10 km 
10:00 a.m.—Giant Slalom—Women 
2:00 p.m.—Special Jump—70-Meter 
8:00 p.m.—Hockey—Canada vs. United States 
1:00 p.m.—Hockey—United States vs. Russia 
5:00 p.m.—Closing Ceremonies 
Training each day for each sport Feb. 25 thru Mar. 4 
For Ticket Information Contact FISU Office 
Olympic Arena 
Lake Placid, N.Y.—Phone 518-523-3325 

Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise - February 23, 1972 
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The U.S. nordic skiing team for the seventh biennial World University Winter Games was announced Tuesday, as more teams arrived to prepare for the competition which begins this weekend. 
    The complete listing of U.S. entries for the games has not been released. Some 300 participants from 23 countries are expected for the games, which are sponsored by the International Federation of University Student Sport Organizations (FISU). 
    Officials said Jim Miller, Mike Scott, Bob Kendall, Bruce Cunningham, David Lantz and George Perry would ski for the U.S. in the nordic combined competition, which includes cross-country and jumping. Hugh Barber. Bernie Wells and Bruce McLaughry are slated for the jumping team. Joe McNulty, Ron Yeager, Chris Haines, Larry Martin, Bela Bodner and Gene Morgan are on the cross-country roster. 

Adirondack Daily News Feb. 24, 1972
Canada, US Alpine, Nordic Teams Set
The nordic and alpine ski teams for Canada and the U.S. have been announced for the 7th biennial World University Games which begin this weekend. 
    Some 400 participants from 23 nations are expected for the games, sponsored by International Federation of University Student Sports Organizations (FISU). 
    Teams from Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Belgium, Great Britain and Finland arrived late Tuesday night. Japan and Romania arrived earlier. 
    Skiing in the nordic combined for the U.S. will be Jim Miller, Mike Scott, Bob Kendall, Bruce Cunningham, David Lantz and George Perry. This competition combines cross-country and jumping. 
    The U.S. jumping team is comprised of Hugu Barber, Bernie Wells, and Bruce McLaughry. The cross-country roster is made up of Joe McNulty, Ron Yeager, Chris Haines, Larry Martin, Bela Bodner and Gene Morgan. 
    American athletes will be among the last to arrive here as most are attending college classes this week. 
    The Russian delegation is scheduled to arrive Friday after several days of competition in Canada. 
    The Canadian men's alpine team consists of Dave Greig, Steve Becker, Raymond Potvin, Pierre Dion, John Cockburn, Bob Archer, Bruce Goldsmid and Allan Tabor. The women are Joy Ward, Lise Richardson, Pam Aiken, Kathleen Butler, Paule Samson and Margaret Chaput. 
    On the Canadian nordic squad the jumpers are Don Grady, and Roger Christian. The cross-country men John Gardner, Larry Mason, Lorne Lohta, Darrel Frank and Ed Day. 
    The Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union announced the selections Wednesday in Montreal after trials earlier in the week at Mount Sutton. 

Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Newspaper) - February 25, 1972 
    A group of interested citizens in the Tri-Lakes area are promoting a weekend program welcoming into their homes competitors who have arrived in Lake Placid for the FISU Games. 
    There are some 600 students from around the world, most of whom have never been in the United States before. 
    Frank Shatz of Lake Placid is helping to organize the effort. 
    Said Shatz today, “We feel that many of these students would like very much to see the American home and visit with Americans. Why not pick up a few foreign students and have them over for tea?” 
    The following directions have been drawn up for area families wishing to show foreign students around: 
    Saturday and Sunday —Drive to the Lake Placid Club, and report to the information desk in the Main Lobby. 
    There you will be introduced to guest athletes. 
    It is suggested that the host take the visitors for a ride in the countryside, invite them to your home for coffee and take them back to the club. 
    Mr. Shatz remarked, "Americans are so friendly and outgoing that I’m sure we will have a good response from the people of the Tri-Lakes.” 
    For further 'information those interested may call the Lake Placid Club or Mr. Shatz.

23 FISU Teams In Lake Placid For Games Opening 
LAKE PLACED - This town has become a global village now that the 25 international teams entered in the FISU games have arrived. 
    The flags of the participating nations decorate both Main Street and the Olympic Arena. 
    The most recent contingents to arrive were the 70 member Russian team, and the Polish, Spanish and Finnish squads. The Russians are very evident throughout the Cillage in their brown fur coats and hats.
    The U.S. Alpine team was announced last night and consists of: Wayne Wright, of Wilmington, who grew up skiing in Whiteface Mountain; John Goodhue, Brad Kennison and Bill Farrell, all of Johnson State College; Johnson, Vt.; Laurent Gaudin and Sumner Erbe, of Dartmouth; and David Dodge, of the University of Vermont. Wright also is a U. of Vermont student. 
    Roby Polic, of Lake Placid and a student at Saint Lawrence University, is expected to the eighth member of the squad. 
    Of the women's Alpine squad are: Gail Suffin. Sue White and Mary Ellen Rathbone, all of Johnson State; Pam Reed, of Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.; and Karen West, of Stanford, Calif. 
    The special-jumping team includes; Bruce McLaughry and Hugh Barber, of Middlebury College; Bernie Wells, of University of Vermont; and Peter Robes, of Etna, Vt. and a student at the University of Wyoming. 
    Nordic-combined squad members are: Mike Scott, Jim Miller, both of Fort Lewis College, Durango, Col.; Bruce Cunningham, University of New Hampshire, Bob Kendall, Colorado University; David Lantz, of Middlebury College; and George Perry, Dartmouth. 
    Here are the names of the, cross country team members: Bela Bodnar, of Wyoming University; Chris Haines and Larry Martin, of Fort Lewis College; Joe McNulty of Middlebury College; Gene Morgan, of Alaska Univeristy; and Ron Yeager, of Colorado University. 
    Also, Barb Brettel, Margie Mahoney, Mary Ann and Roxanne Enkevaort, all of Alaska Methodist College.
    Beginning at 7:30 p.m tomorrow evening, the parade of competitors will begin at the Lake Placid Clubhouse and proceed a half mile to the Olympic Stadium (outdoor skating rink). They will be greeted by the president of the FISU games, Ronald MacKenzie; Ernest Beyer, chancellor of the State University of New York, and Primo Nibiolo, head of the international FISU. 
    Carrying and lighting the torch will be skier Jim Miller of the U. S. team. Taking the oath on behalf of all the competitors will be figure-skater, John Mischa Petkevich. Jenny Lind Walsh, also a figure skater and medalist in the 1970 FISU competitions, will raise the flag to officially open the eight days event. 

8:00 a.m.—Men's Compulsory School Figures—Olympic Arena. 
2:00 p.m.—Compulsory Ice Dance—Olympic Arena. 
2:00 p.m.—Hockey—Canada vs. Russia—Plattsburgh Arena Immediately following Short Fair Program; — Olympic Arena. 
8:00 p.m.—Opening Ceremonies—Olympic Stadium. 

8:00 a.m.—Ladies' Comptesory School Figures—Olympic Arena. 
2:00 p.m.—Set Pattern Dance —Olympic Arena. 
1:30 p.m.—Combined Ski Jumping (60 meter) — Intervale 
5:30 p.m.—Opening Ceremonies—Plattsburgh Arena. 
8:00 p.m.—Men's Free Skating—Olympic Arena — Immediately following — Free Dance Program — Olympic Arena. 
8:00 p.m.—Hockey—Canada vs. U.SA.—Plattsburgh Arena. 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP)— The United States announced its alpine team and the ladies' cross-country team today as the last of 400 participants from 23 nations arrived here for the start Saturday of the 7th biennial World University Games. 
    Squads from Holland, Spain, and Finland were the last to arrive. The Russian team pulled in Thursday with a full contingent of 70 competitors and 20 officials. 
    The men's U.S. alpine team will be composed of Wayne Wright and David Dodge of the University of Vermont; Brad Kencilson, Bill Farrell, and John Goodhue of Johnston State of Vermont; Sumner Erbe and Laurence Gauden at Dartmouth. 
    On the ladies' alpine team will be Pam Reid of Middlebury, Sue White, Mary Ellen Rathbone, and Gail Suttlind, all of Johnston State, and Karen West of Stanford. 
    The U.S. women's cross country team will consist of four students from Alaska Methodist College: Barb Brettel, Margie Mahony, Mary Ann and Roxanne Enkevaort. 
    The games open officially at 7 p.m. Saturday at Olympic Arena with compulsory school figures in mens figure skating. The games are being sponsored by the International Federation of University Sports (FISU). 

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Monday Feburary 28, 1972
Huge Crowd Attends Placid FISU Opening
    LAKE PLACID — A crowd of spectators estimated to number over 1,000 lined the skating oval in front of the Lake Placid High School Saturday evening to witness the opening of the 1972 Lake Placid Universiade. 
    Ron MacKenzie, president of the Universiade opened the ceremonies with a welcoming speech to all the spectators and competitors saying that the area has long been a mecca to sportsmen. 
    A similar speech was given by Primo Nebiola, President of the international FISU organization. 
    Mr. Casey Conrad Executive Director of the President's Commission on Physical Fitness, carried a message from President Nixon which issued the hope that the games would help promote goodwill between nations.     Last to speak in the brief ceremonies was Chancellor of the State University of New York Ernest L. Boyer. He carried greetings from Patron of the Lake Placid Universiade, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who although scheduled to attend the ceremonies was unable to do so. 
    The chill night air appeared to do little to dampen the spirits of the spectators and participants. Coordinators of the events tried in vain to keep spectators off the ice oval while the teams passed into the stadium. The procession was free of any stiff formalities and many of the competitors waved when cheered by the spectators. 
    The last member of the Russian contingent could be seen taking pictures of the crowd as he passed while a few members of the Japanese team went past the reviewing stand waving small Americas flags.
    The Italian team was perhaps the most exuberent of the competitors. Several were pulled around the rink in a sleigh by team mates and welcomed the speeches of Mr. MacKenzie and Mr. Nebiola with a bit of song. 
    James Miller a United States Nordic skier lit the flame which will burn atop the FISU symbol, cannon shot were fired and the games were declared officially open. 

Petkevich Wins FISU Gold Medal 
LAKE PLACID. N.Y. (AP) — Figure skater John Mischa Petkevich of the United States snapped the Soviet Union’s stranglehold on the early events of the World University Winter Games (FISU) as he captured a gold medal in the men’s skating competition Sunday. 
    Petkevich, a 22-year-old pre-med student at Harvard was awarded six ordinals—first place—from all but one judge for a crowd pleasing free skating performance to defeat Russian Vladimir Kovalev. 
    Perry Hutching of Barrington, Ill., and Arizona State University, placed third. 
    The Russians took their second gold medal when Elena Zharkova and Gennady Karponosov protected an early lead and won a close decision over the Czechoslovak pair in the free-skating finals of ice dancing. 
    The Soviet pair, with nine ordinals, sneaked out a razor thin victory over Diana and Martin Skotnicka of Czechoslovakia, who were awarded 10 ordinals. The Czechs accumulated more performance points than the Russians but the decisive ordinals rating, in which the judges rank the competitors, went in favor of the Russians. 
    Debbie Ganson and Bradley Hislop of Seattle, with 12 ordinals, were third in the dancing. 
    In the second game of the nine-match, round robin hockby tournament, the Canadian collegiate team bounced back from a decisive loss to the Russians and beat the U.S. team 9-4 at Plattsburgh 55 miles away.
    The Soviet Union claimed its first gold medal earlier Sunday when Galina Karelina and Georgy Proskourin defeated the only other competitors, the U.S. entry, in the pairs figure skating. 
    The Russians were awarded first place unanimously by the five judges, out performing Debbie Hughes and Philip Grout, both from the University of Denver in the free skating phase. 
    Jennie Walsh of Torrance, Calif,, had a good chance to earn the U.S. its second gold medal in the free skating finals of the women’s figure event scheduled today. She swept into the lead in the compulsory figures Sunday. 
    Miss Walsh, a 21-year-old psychology major at Los Angeles Harbor College, had five ordinals and 537.0 points after the compulsories. Ludmila Bezakoya of Czechoslovakia was second with ten ordinals and 526.0 points. Julia Johnson of Garden Grove, Calif. was in third place and Louise Vacea of Lindenhurst, N.Y., was fifth. 
    Miss Johnson studies at Cerritos College and Miss Vacca, 18, is a pre-med freshman at Cornell University. 
    The Russians maintained their dominance in the early going of the nine-day games, with a first place showing in the pre-FISU special jump at the Intervale 70-meter hill. The competition, not a medal event in the University Games, was held to flesh out the ten-man field in Nordic-combined jump on the same hill. 
    The FISU 70-meter jump is scheduled for Saturday. 
    Alexandre Ivannikov won the special pre-jump with 218. points, followed by two Japanese. Kinuo Watanabe had 217. points and Hideki Nakano scored 213.7—-for second and third. 
    Watanabe soared the farthest in the two-jump competition, 70 meters on one leap before a crowd estimated at 2,500. Conditions were ideal—sunshine and almost no wind. 
    The Soviet Union’s Gary Napalkov, the reigning world and FISU champion in the event, was fourth with 212.2 points. His best jump carried 67.5 meters or 221 feet downhill. 
    The best U.S. finish, by Bernie Wells of Brattleboro, Vt., and the University of Vermont, was ninth with 181.8 points. 
    In the nordic-combined, an event that concludes wjth a 15-kilometer (9.31 miles) cross country race, Japan’s Nakano pressed two 67-meter jumps down the slopes, to establish a 12.5-point lead over Vladimir Rousinov of the Soviet Union.     Japan also had a third place jumper in the combined, Kaguo Araya. The Japanese, who are considered weak in the cross country phase, are not expected to hang on for a medal in the combined. Rousinov. with the longest jump of the combined competition—67.5 meters, had 213.2 points and Araya had 212.8 points.     Jim Miller, of Mexico, Maine, who studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., shot 66 meters downhill to take fourth place.

Nakano Wins Compined Jump
    LAKE PLACID — Under fair skies and on a fast track the Japanese and the Russians dominated the first full day of competitive jumping in the World University Winter Games here. 
    In order to present a full competition to the near record turnout at the Intervales 70-meter hill the FISU organizers decided to present a special pre-official    special jumping competition along with the official combined jumping competition.     The official combined was won handily by Hideki Nakano with steady leaps of 65, 67 and 67 meters. The best two are counted in the results. In special jumping the last two jumps are the ones that count. 
    Second place in the special was Vladimir Rousinov with jumps of 64, 64 and 65.5. His form points were also lower than Nakano’s. 
    Best American performance of the day was turned in by Jim Miller who placed fourth in the combined jumping with jumps of 62, 62, 66 meters. 
    The forerunners jumped from the top level, and on the basis of their distances on the fast track the officials decided before each round that the competitors should jump from the second level.
    Before the second round it was thought that the jump could be run from the top level by Joe Lamb, a forerunner who was a member of our Olympic team, jumped 70 meters from the top level and the judges decided to move the competitors down. 
    Their decision was based partly on the fact, that the Japanese jumpers had been nearly overjumping the hill during the morning practice going up to 75 meters.     The following are the results: 

Nakano, H. JPN —225.7 
Rousinov, V. USSR —213.2 
Araya, K. JPN—212.8 
Miller, J. USA.—19.8 
Rygl, L. CSF —192.5 
Yinogradov, V. USSR —175.5 
Kendall, R. USA -173.8 
Redweik, W. BRD—173.0 
Kucera, A. CSF —159.0 
Gulbradsen, K. NOR —155.5 
Backman, T. FIN —153.9 
Cunningham, B. USA — 135 2 
Scott, M. USA —134.4 
Albl, AUT —129.8 
Ivannikov, A. USSR — 218.4 
Watanabbe, K. JPN — 217.4 
Janano, H. JPN —213.7 
Napalkov, G. USSR —212.2 
Saito, K FN —209.8 
Araya, K. JPN —200.8 
Kalinin, Y. USSR —190.6 
Rousinov, V. USSR —199.3 
Wells, B. USA —181.8 
Miller. J. USA — 181.6 
Rygl, L. CSF —179.9 
Barber, H. USA —177.2 
Perry, G. USA —165.0 
Yinogradov, V. USSR — 163.5.

People to People Program a Success 
    LAKE PLACID — The request for local families who would be willing to entertain FISU athletes from other countries received such an overwhelming response that it was hard to round up enough athletes for all the prospective hosts. 
    Frank Shatz of Lake Placid, who is acting as an interpreter for some of the competitors from abroad, announced the program on Friday as a last minute suggestion, said today that the response had been so gratifying that the "People to People" program will become a permanent feature of future international sports and cultural events in Lake Placid. 
    The program will be continued until March 5. Interested persons may make appointments at the FISU information desk at the Lake Placid Club. 

PLATTSBURGH — Things are not looking too bright for the United States FISU hockey squad if the weekend games here are any indication. 
    The Russian six took the Canadians in rough play aft the Plattsburgh College Ice Arena Saturday night, 9-3. And then the Canadians went on to trounce the U. S. team Sunday, 9-4. 
    The Russians took over the ice in the first two periods of their match with the Canadians, playing a fast game. They were able to keep the puck in Canadian territory from the opening whistle by aggressive forechecking. 
    The Russians scored twice in the first period, then closed the second with a 6-1 lead, the Canadians scoring their first goal at 16.57 into the play. 
    Hampering the Canadians was the loss of services of Larry Ouvriere and Gavin Kirk, both of whom were injured. But they did manage two more in the third period and the Russians added three more to their own tally.
    Canadian goalie Barry Richardson is credited with 38 saves. His Russian counterpart, Alexandre Sidehakov parried 23 shots. 
    On Sunday the Canadians did a rebound, perhaps from sheer embarrassment, and wiped the American team off the ice. In the first period, the Canadians took three goals to the Americans' none. 
    The Americans, however, caught fire briefly in the second period, quickly netting the puck twice in the first two minutes of play, then once again, before the period ended. But the Canadians had their way in the last period, and safely skated home with a 9-4 win. 
    Pre-game ceremonies Saturday night included the introduction of Ernest Boyer, chancellor of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh State University College president George Angell, the town's mayor Roland St. Pierre, and New York State Senator Ronald Stafford. 
    Dr. Boyer led the puck dropping ceremony, and there was an exchange of gifts and tokens of friendship between the team members. There was an enthusiastic, capacity crowd.

Ping Fails to Show For Compulsory Figures 
    LAKE PLACED - A figure-skating champion who can barely skate?
    Officials at the World University Games here were shocked to discover that the the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ladies Champion failed to show up yesterday morning for the compulsory figure because she couldn't skate them. 
    The competition is of very high calibre with some of the athletes coming here directly, from Japan. Thus, one can understand the officials' consternation.
    Pretty Miss Huang Ping representing the National Taiwan University later explained in excellent English that she could do only the three most basic figures for skaters - not the advanced ones of world competition.
    A hoax? 
    Not so. The 20-year-old law student was sent here to observe the competition. She has skated for three years. Not only is she Taiwan's lady champion, but, with her partner, pair champion. And she is the ladies champion speed skater as well. All of this is accomplished on the same pair of inexpensive skates such as beginners use. 
    She has a delightful sense of humor and perspective on her position. In Taiwan, there is just one rink and it would fit into a tiny corner of Lake Placid's Olympic Arena. At home, she can skate only at lunch and supper time, and is allocated a little piece of ice which she has to prepare herself. 
    Miss Huang learned her skating not from a skilled coach but from a book and watching TV. She did get to go to Tokyo recently to see the post-Olympic skating exhibitions. Janet Lynn, the U. S. champion and winner of an Olympic bronze medal, was a favorite of Miss Huang and the Japanese crowd. 
    When Miss Huang's situation was discovered, Gustave Lussi, U. S. coach of many Olympic and world champions, gave her a lesson so that she could skate an exhibition. 
    Lussi told her how to do a sitspin. She did it, came out of it smiling, and said "Wow!" 
    Lussi taught her a move which required a change of direction. This confused her for a moment and she commented, "In Taiwan the rink is so small, everyone has to go one way." 
    Lussi laughed, and said, "Well, you're going to have to go two ways now. C'mon." And she did, executing the move gracefully. "She's amazing," said Lussi, "She learns so quickly." In short order, Miss Huang had mastered a one-minute program skated to ballet music. Her style was excellent, her moves correctly executed. 
    Miss Huang's big moment came a few hours later during the exhibition. She was a featured skater. Alone, but the exhibition. She was the seemingly limitless expanse of ice, she performed beautifully in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, demonstrating that she is indeed a champion. 

Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise - February 29, 1972
Canadian Girl Wins Downhill Gold 
    LAKE PLACID — The downhill skiers of France continued their fine international record this year in Alpine skiing by placing first and second in the men's downhill and second in the women's downhill on a fast course at Whiteface Mountain yesterday. 
    The Gold medal in the women's downhill of the World University Games was won by pretty Lisa Richardson of Canada who beat out her rival Caroline Rebattu of France by 3-100th of a second. 
    The winners of the men's downhill were Eric Stahl, who led the next closest racer by an incredible 2.2 seconds; second was teammate Jean- Pierre Puthod.     As the racers dropped off the face of Cloudspin the heads of the spectators there were spinning as they watched the racers speed past, their skis barely touching the ground as they gained speed for the long flat stretches on the lower mountain. 
    The trail, though, was relatively unrutted and there were few spills and no serious injuries. 
    The women raced 2210 feet verticle drop, starting two thirds of the way up the Cloudspin precpice; the men came all the way down the Cloudspin, racing 2620 feet, verticle drop. 
    The length off the woman's course was 1.69 miles and the men raced 1.94 miles. 
    A light snow was failing during the morning race, but the track was clear and quite fast at the top. 
    The snow was warmer after the halfway point and the racers slowed considerably as the trail flattened out, making waxing very important. 
    The followiag are the complete results;
Richardson, Lisa CAN — 2.01.84
Rebattu, Caroline FRA — 2.01.87 
Haidaeher, Anita AUT — 2.02.92  
Grandjacques, Claire FRA — 2.02.94  
Susslin, Gayle USA — 2.03.35 
West, Karyn USA — 2.03.70 
Khalzova, Nadeida USSR — 2.04.26. 
Fridel, Franziska-BRD —2.04.44 
Tasgian, Anahid ITA —2.05.37 
Reed, Pam USA —2.05.61 
Stahl, Eric FRA —2.00.07 
Pufohod, Jeane-Pierre FRA — 2.02.27 
Farrell, Bill USA—2.03.19 
Vota, Roberto ITA —2.03.61 
Petri, Frederic FRA —2.03.66 
Vegier, Franz BRD — 2.04.21 
Hottegindre, G FRA — 2:04:47 
Ahtm, Roger SWE —2.04.59 
Tesar, Hans AUT —2.04.75 
Grob, Peter SUI —2.04.99

U.S. Figure Skaters Top Events 
    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - 
    U.S. figure skaters continued to dominate their events. They won another two medals Monday, including a gold, and have swept the men's and ladies' singles. 
    Figure skater Jennie Walsh of Toffrance, Calif., protecting ithe lead she had built in the compulsory figures, won the gold with a flawless free-style performance and a top ranking from all five judges. 
    Ludmila Bezakova of Czeohoslovakia was the silver medalist and Julia J. Johnson of Gayden Grove, Calf., won the bronze.
    Miss Waish joined John Misha Petkevich, men's singles titlist, in capturing the the two gold medals the United States claimed by Monday. 
    The U.S. had a total of seven medals—two golds, a silver and four bronze. The Soviet Union had two golds and a silver. 
    France also had three medals, Czechoslovakia two, and Canada and Austria one apiece.

    LAKE PLACID — The Russian FISU hockey team overwhelmed the American squad last night in the Olympic Arena. The final score was 9-0. 
    It was obvious by the end of the first period that the American icemen were hopelessly outclassed. The Russians were constantly in motion, yet always aware of where their teammates were. Their passes were right on target, they never seemed to break stride, or pause as they crossed the blue line. For most of the game the Russians were either passing the puck around in mid-ice or they were attacking our goal. It was all the Americans could do to get their sticks on the puck. They had 32 shots on our goal in the first period ending up with 3 goals, nine saves were credited to our goalie Kim Newman. The Americans managed to hold the Russians to one score during second period. In the last period they scored 5 times. Even with a score of 9-0, it was a good game to watch. The Americans played hard and well, but were outclassed. The Russians have about 6 national teams who play together all the time. Their FISU squad is not the same team that played in the Olympics but is of the same calibre. You may have heard that the Russians can't take body contact, fear if you check them hard enough they'll give up. Not so, they didn't go out looking for body contact, but they could certainly take it. When an American hit them he just bounced right off. The Russians were playing in wool outdoor hockey jerseys, and there wasn't a drop of sweat on them. 
    Even though the scores are onesided the games are worth seeing just to watch the extraordinary team play of the Russians. Their nine goals were scored by seven different players, not a hat trick in the bunch. The only hope of staving off their attack is to break up their plays as they develop, but it seemed last night as if the Russians were everywhere. 
    Even when, briefly, they were two men down, they controlled the ice and appeared to have twice as many men out there as the U. S. did. No matter where the Americans passed the puck when they had it to pass, a Russian was there ready to fight for possession. The Russians were credited with 79 shots on goal which gives you an idea of how outstanding Kim Newman was as goalie. The U. S. team had 51 shots on goal.  

    LAKE PLACID - Sing Out High Peaks will perform at the Lake Placid Club for the FISU contestants. The group will put on an entirely new program under the leadership of Paul Winton and the direction of Ray Durkee. 
    Although the program is new, this is not the first time Sing Out will perform at the club. The group first sang there in 1971 at a Lion's Club convention, and again this January for the New York State Holstein convention. 
    Sing Out has not confined itself strictly to the Lake Placid region. The group has done shows in Long Lake and in Lake George. Its next out-of-region concert well be in Liverpool, N. Y. on March 18. This will be a full two-hour program including the America sequence and our newly initiated American folk sequence.
    "Not all our concerts are fantastic," Mr. Durkee says, "but there is one thing they have in common, the sparkle of America's youth trying give a little hope to people. If in two hours of singing we make one person say to himself, 'Hey, these lads really know what they're talking about' then, it all becomes worthwhile, and Sing-Out has done it's job."

Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 1, 1972
    LAKE PLACID, N.Y, (AP) — 
    Women’s 5 - kilometer cross country -1, Laibov Moukafa-cheva, Soviet Union, 30 minutes, 27.8 seconds. q, Olga Rokko. Soviet Union, 20:56.7. 3. Nina Selunina. Soviet Union, 21:26.7. 5, Barham Britch, Anchorage, Alaska, 21:28.5. 6, Bogunila Trzshunia, Poland, 31:31.1. 
    Also, 10, Roxanne Van-Enkevort, Fairbanks. Alaska, 23:11.7. 11, Mary Anne Van-Enkevort, Fairbanks, Alaska, 23:19.3, 
    15-kilometer combined cross country, 1, Tom Bechman, Finland, 58 minutes, 03.86 seconds. 2, Vladimir Rousinov, Soviet Union, 60:45.54.    3, Ladislav Rygl, Czechoslovakia, 00:46.51. 4, Bruce Cunningham, Rumford, Maine, 01:08.32. 5, Antonin Kucera, Czechoslovakia, 61:08.61, Hideki Nakano, Japan, 62:34.72. 
    Also, 9, Jim Miller, Mexico, Maine, 65:01.73. 10. Mike Scott, Rutland, Vt., 65:29.09. 11, Bob Kendall, Auburn. Maine, 68:40.78.  
    Mens special 15-km cross country-1, Fedor Simashev, Soviet Union, 55 minutes. 47.47 seconds. 2, Ivana Pronin, Soviet Union, 56:06.81 3, Sergei Saveliev, Soviet Union, 56:59.27. 4, Youry Bragin, 57:27.36. 5, Tomino Okamura. 57:33.06.    6, Kunio Shibata, 57:43.37. 
    Also, 13, Joe McNulty, Chicago, HI., 60:06.04. 14, Bela Bodnar, Anchorage, Alaska, 60:51.55. 15, Ron Yeager, Durango, Colo., 61:11.1. 17, Larry Martin, Boner, Alaska, 61:51.61. 
    Others, 21, Don Gardner, Canada, 64:36.66. 23, Darrell Frank, Canada, 65:10.33. 26, Larry Mason, Canada, 66:24.51. 27, Lorne Luhta, 67:38.50.
    NORDIC COMBIND 1, Vladimir Rousinov, Soviet Union, 406.9 points. 2, Hideki Nakeno, Japan, 405.05; 3. Ladislav Vygl, Czechoslovakia, 388.06; 4, Kazuo Araya. Japan,  381.05. 5. Tom Bachnan, Finland, 373.9. 6, Jim Miller, Mexico, Maine, 353.1 
    Also, 9, Bruce Cunningham, Rumford, Maine, 327.6. 10, Bob Kendall, Auburn, Maine. 298.25 12, Mike Scott, Rutland, Vt., 287.65. 

Galina Karelina, Skater Bride-To-Be; Lovely Girl Under That Russian Dressing
    By Bill McLaughlin 
    SARANAC LAKE - Galina Karelina, the attractive, 21-year-old Russian who won a gold medal in the pairs figure skating competition at the FISU Games in Lake Placid was a surprised recipient of a beautiful lace wedding gown selected at Altman's here. 
    Miss Karelina will be married in April in Moscow to a famous Soviet hockey player, and the People-to-People Program in Lake Placid gave her the long white dress as a wedding present. 
    Frank Shatz, Lake Placid merchant and organizer of the People-to-People Program, was asked why a Russian girl was singled out for such special attention. 
    "You can say that we are trying to balance out President Nixon's China trip,” laughingly said Mr Shatz. “But in fact our reasons for selecting Galina were that she is a lovely girl who won a gold medal, she is getting married, and we would like to see her return home happy, and with pleasant memories of Lake Placid. We just wanted to give expression to the friendliness and cordiality of the North Country people.” 
    Miss Karelina, after trying on her bridal gown, was so overwhelmed by emotions that she could only say “thank you.” She remained in the dressing room for a long while. The organization which made Miss Karelina’s and 600 other foreign student-athletes’ stay in Lake Placid so remarkable is the People-to-People Program. It was born on the spur of the moment.. Mr. Shatz who was drafted by the FISU Games organizing committee as an interpreter noticed the great interest of the foreign delegates to everything American. To satisfy this curiosity he launched the program.     In a few hours after inception, with the help of the local newspaper, radio stations, the Lions, Kiwanis and the FISU organizing committee, we were in business," said Mr. Shatz. "We asked area residents to welcome competitors to their homes. The response was so overwhelming and the results so gratifying that People-to-People will become a permanent feature of future international sports and cultural events in Lake Placid.” 
    One East European student-athlete who was taken shopping, sightseeing and to dinner with an American family remarked: “Your government organized this Program very well.’’ When he was told that it was started on a moment’s notice, privately and on local initiative, he just shook his head disbelievingly.

Russian Hockey Squad Beats Canada 3-2 in Tough Game 
    LAKE PLACID — The Russians continued their winning hockey streak last night, squeaking by Canada 3-2, in the Olympic Arena. 
    The Canadian coach apparently thought that he lost last time because his squad hadn't been prepared for the fight they got, and this time he said they were going to get out there and get tough. That they did. This was one of the roughest games I've seen, but not dirty. 
    The constant checking made the boards resound, and in the background was the steady thump of stick against pad. Once again the Russians deserved the nickname iron men They also retaliated, getting three penalties to Canada's one in the first period. 
    The first Russian score came early in the first period, when Sergey Kapustin took it in alone faking out three Canadians as he went by. This was the only score in the first period. Both goalies did yeoman service. Sidelnikov was credited with 11 saves and Lockett with 12. 
    The second period started with 2 Russians left in the penalty box. This seemed like a good chance for the Canadians to tie it up, particularly since you can’t ice the puck under International rules even when playing a man down. The Russians killed the penalty only to get a major a short time later when Kapustin came up behind the Canadian goalie and flattened him. He got a charging penalty for his pains. The Russians scored a short-handed goal almost immediately thereafter making it 2 to 0 and then Quinn with an assist from Gavin Kirk got the Canadians on the score card making it 2 to 1. Kapustin remained in the penalty box even though a goal had been scored because of the major. Canada got a tripping penalty with 7 minutes to go in the second period and played a superb defensive two minutes, maintaining a box defense under tremendous Russian pressure. Nothing could lure them out of their box. into the corners and it worked beautifully. The Russians passed it all around the outside of the zone but just couldn’t work it in. 
    The period ended with each squad scoring one more time at full strength with the score 3 to 2. Lockett was credited with 13 saves and Sidelnikov with 16. Both goalies really looked like they had had a work out when they skated off the ice.     Both teams came out fighting hard in the third period. The first period the Canadians had played fairly orthodox positional hockey which appeared to-work well for them against the phenomenal passing and play-making patterns of the Russians, the second period was a mixed bag and the third period they played the man. This worked well defensively, it meant the Russians couldn’t set up their plays, that they couldn’t spring a man free to catch a pass way down the ice. but it also meant that the Canadians missed some opportunities to take the puck away. Sometimes they were so busy chasing after their man, that the puck would slide by them on its way from one Russian to another and they wouldn't even notice it. 
    Half-way into the period, Cunningham chasing a Russian over the blue line was called for tripping. He thought, as did many of the fans, that the Russian had fallen over the Refs skate on the way in and protested in an unseemly manner and got 10 for misconduct. This penalty in the last 10 minutes of play hit the tired Canadian squad hard and it was followed by one at 12:12 and then another in the last two minutes. Neither squad scored this period. 
    Canada and Russia meet each other again Friday night in the Olympic Arena and it should be a terrific game. The Canadian Squad is determined to beat the Russians once before they leave town. It was a near capacity crowd last night, but tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday's games. 
    Before the game there was a brief award ceremony, winners in some the skiing events were given their medals and the Lake Placid band played “Gaudeamus Igitur,” The flags from the winners countries waved behind them as the medals were hung around their necks.

Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 2, 1972

    LAKE PLACID—The Soviet Union led the way in crosscountry events again this morning by winning the ladies’ 5-kilometer cross-country race. 
    Poland was second, and the United States was third. 
    The speed-skating races which were to have been run this morning may possibly be held tonight if the weather changes.

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — While unseasonably high temperatures softened the runs on Whiteface, a controversy warmed up off the slopes concerning New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's snubbing of the Winter Games, hosted by the United States for the first time.
    At Plattsburgh, 50 miles to the north, the Canadians topped the winless U.S. hookey team 5-3. Canada is now 2-2 in the three-team round robin tournament. The U.S. squad, which lost three games, faces the undefeated Russians tonight in Plattsburgh. 
    A spokesman for Rockefeller said the governor, listed as the official patron of the nine-day games, was "busy in Albany" and unable to appear at Lake Placid. New York was represented by State University Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer instead. 
    "It would have been appropriate for him to be here,'' said Nick Rodis of Brandeis University, echoing the sentiment of many of the organizers and officials here. Rodis is president of the U.S. Collegiate Sports Council, the American affiliate of the International Federation of University Sports FISU, sponsor of the games. 
    The president of the international organization, Primo Nebiolo of Torino, Italy, said the governor had invited FISU officials to Albany for a reception. "We are not going," said the indignant Nebiolo. "We believe he should come here and visit us." 
    Although the Soviet Union  was shut out in Wednesday's events the Russians still hold a comfortable lead in the over-all medal competition. They have won a total of 10 medals, compared with the United States's eight. France has won four, Czechoslovakia three, Austria and Japan two each.

Italy and Poland Win Gold At Whiteface FISU Races
    LAKE PLACID - Picking  their way through some of the most confused weather the Adirondacks have to offer Italy and Poland won their first gold medals of the World University Games at Whiteface Mountain yesterday. 
    A temperature inversion forced heavy clouds onto the lower mountain and the slalom races were run in heavy fog with widely varying snow conditions. 
    The winners were Anahid Tasgian of Italy with a combined time of 1.29 minutes, and Roman Derezinski of Poland with a total time of 1.25 minutes — a full second ahead of his nearest rival. 
    An American girl Karyn West of Stanford University won the silver medal in the women's races. 
    In the morning the racers had to work their way through soft snow conditions and heavy fog, both of which caused many disqualifications and slower than usual times because the racers lost rhythm as they tried to figure out where the next gates were located. 
    Curiously, in the late afternoon runs the conditions iced up and the fog lifted somewhat. It did not help matters that much. 
    An indication of how bad the conditions were proven by the fact that only eight female racers of 29 starters finished both runs complete without a disqualification for missing gates. Of the men only 21 of the S.S. racers finished both runs.
    The race was run in the steep lift trail under chair two halfway up the mountain.
    Despite the extremely difficult conditions the race was well run and drew praise from most of the competitors. The following are the results: 

        Women's Slalom 

Tasgian, Anahid, ITA 81.20.575 
West, Karyn, USA —1.30.429 
Edelsbrunner, Barbi, AUL — 1.33.814 
Nuria, ESP — 1.34.006 
Termoupet, Pascale, FRA — 1 34.194 
Barbazza, Rosella, ITA. — 1.34.708
Kantova.Vitezlava CSF —. 1.34.992 
Grandjacques, Glaire, FRA — 1.39.880 

        Men's Slalom 

Derezinski, Roman, POL — 1.25.72 
Kashiwagi, M. JPN —1.26.60 
Thomas, Fabrice, FRA — 1.28.54 
Schlegel, Michael, AUT — 1.29.49 
Petri, Frederic, FRA — 1.29.49
Grob, Peter, SWISS —1.30.74
Poncet, Pierre FRA 1.29.96 
Pazout, Mihoslav CZECH — 1.31.88 
Wright, Wayne USA - 1.31.98
Plenty of FISU Left If Weather Permits 
    It's four down and four to go in the day count for the 1972 Lake Placid Universiade, seventh biennial World University Winter Games of FISU. The Games began February 26 and wil| conclude March 5. 
    "A smashing success to this point" is the way one foreign official described the competitions to date. 
    Of the nearly 350 collegiate competitors 32 have already earned medals in mens, women's, pairs and dance figure skating, the nordic skiing events of the nordic combined, the men's 15 km. special cross-country race and the women's 5 km. race and the alpine skiing events of downhill and slalom. 
    The tally of medals gives Russia the lead with 10, five gold, three silver and two bronze. The USA has seven, the Czechoslovakian and the French 3 each and the Canadians , Japanese and Austrians, one each. 
    Five hockey games in the nine game round robin had been played as of Wednesday night. 
    Added to the schedule has been a special figure skating exhibition by the remaining competitors who have not left for the World Championships. It will be held tonight (Thursday) at 8:30 p.m. in the Lake Placid Olympic Arena. 
    Included in the proposed exhibition are the Russian team, the Czechoslovakians, the Americans, Austrians, the Italian man, the West Germans and the Japanese. 
    Today's events were to begin with the first speed-skating races of the Games. Scheduled to start at 8 a.m. they included the men's 500 and 5,000 meter Olympic style competitons and the Women's 500 and 1500 meter events. 
    There are approximately 30 speedskaters here to compete in the various events. 
    At 9 a.m. the cross country relays were scheduled for Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The four-man men's team was to run 10 kilometers while the three- woman team was to run five kilometers. 
    The final event of the day is the sixth hockey game of the tournament which will be played at Plattsburgh University's field house at 8 p.m. with Russia facing off with the United States team. 
    Fridays schedule begins with the men's 1500 meter speed-skating and the women's 1,000 meter races at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m. on Whiteface Mountain more than 85 men alpine skiers, will race down the Thruway Trail in the final men's alpine event, the giant slalom. Hockey will return to Lake Placid at 8 p.m. when Canada and Russia meet in the Olympic Arena. The Russians have played Canada twice posting scores of 9-3 and 3-2. This Game should be one to see. 
    Saturday booms with activity. The final figure skating events, the men's 10,000 meter and the women's 3,000 meter races are scheduled for an 8 a.m. start. At Mt. Van Hoevenburg's cross-country complex the men's 30 km and the women's 10 km race will finish the nordic cross-country events. Starting time is 9 a.m. 
    Whiteface Mountain will host the last ladies' alpine event the Giant Slalom beginning at 10 a.m. It is also planned for the Thruway Trail. There are about 30 women entered. 
    The long awaited special ski jumping championships will be held at 2 p.m. on the 65 meter Intervales Ski Jump. More than a dozen competitors, half of whom are Olympic and World competitors, will vie for the medals. Records should be broken here. 
    The Canadian hockey team meets the United States sextet in the Olympic Arena at 8 p.m. in the final action of the day. 
    Sunday's only sports action is the final hockey game of the FISU Games scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Plattsburgh Field House where Russia will meet the U.S.A. 
    At 5 p. m. the Closing Ceremonies of the seventh World University Winter Games will be held in the Lake Placid Olympic.Arena. At this time the FISU flame will be extinguished, the FISU flag lowered and passed into the hands of the next host nation, Russia to be raised for the 1972 Summer University Games in Moscow. 
    With the final medals awarded, the final speeches made and the competitors returning to the Lake Placid Clubhouse to pack for their long trips home, the 1972 Lake Placid Universiade will have become another page in the sports history of international collegiate competition. 
    Perhaps and more important it may have begun an era of better understanding between the college age athletes of the world—tomorrow's leaders—for a better warld tomorrow." 
    And that is what the Games are all about.

U.S. Twins Finish 1 Second Apart in FISU X-Country 
    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - 
    Two American girls finished —less than a second apart in the women’s five-kilometer crosscountry race here, but that’s not so surprising—they are twins.     Maryanne and Roxanne Van-Enkevort of Fairbanks, Alaska, are half of the U.S. women’s squad, for the cross-country events at the World University Winter Games. 
    The girls, tall and with rust colored hair, are both 18 years old, and have been cross-country skiing, together, for four years.
    "We practiced together and tortured together. Everything," said Maryanne. or was it Roxanne, as they stood beside the cross-country course in the five-kilometer event. 
    Twin like, they finished 10th and 11th out of 13 racers in the arduous race at nearby Mt. van Hoevenberg Tuesday. Had their time been any closer, it would have been a dead heat. 
    Roxanne—“Maryanne and I, we don't know for sure but were probably not identical twins.” 
    Maryanne—“We thought we were until three yews ago because we were a lot closer, but now we don’t know.” 
    If they're not identical, they're close enough for the question to come up.      Roxanne—“Today at the finish result, they said, ‘10th. Van-Enkevort; 11th, sister Van Enkevort,' so we had to go up and ask them which time was which.”     Maryanne—“That’s the first time we’ve been this close this year. Last year we were a lot closer.” 
    The girls are putting up with a lot of pain for their sport, which demands that they drive themselves relentlessly over courses of five to ten kilometers (3.1 and 6.2 miles) in competition and then train rigorously when they’re not racing.     Roxanne—“You get to hurting pretty bad. On the uphills your leg muscles get so tight they just burn, and your lungs hurt.” 
    The twins, freshmen at Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, are half of the girls’ team here, but they’re only two-fifths of the cross-country skiers in the Van-Enkevort family. 
    Maryanne—“We have a 15-year-old sister who’s almost as good as we are. so it’s always been the VanEnkevort sisters, you know, the three of us.” 
    And behind Laurie, they said, are Vicki, 13, and Matthew, 11, both of them already in age group competition.  

Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise Friday, March 3, 1972



        By HOWARD RILEY 
    PLATTSBURGH — The Russian National Hockey team slid past the United Stales National Hockey team 8 to 3 last night with 5 power play goals and a successful penalty shot. Lake Placid’s Len Williams was the hero of the U. S. team getting two of the three goals. 
    The first period was even, hard-nosed hockey, with the United States putting tremendous pressure on the Russian goaler in the opening minutes of the period. Then with the Russian team getting two penalities within 5 seconds and playing two men down the U. S. team couldn’t make the power play click. 
    The turnabout came two minutes later when Brown and Yetten of the U. S. team drew penalties close together (for holding the puck and tripping, the same infractions called on the Russians earlier) and U. S. goalie Scioletti made some great saves. Brown had just jumped back onto the ice when the Russians scored a little more than half-way through the period making it a 1-0 game.  
    Scioletti made three seemingly impossible saves on the Russian sharpshooters in the last minute of the first period.
    Early in the second period Yetten picked up another of his  four penalties of the evening,  Before the Yetten penalty was up Brown and Lebedev were both put into the box for interference after some really heavy stick dueling in front of the U. S. net. The Russians scored their second goal at 2:40 into the period for a 2 to 0 lead.     The pace picked up considerably after Williams scored on a pass from Brown five minutes into the period. Scioletti made many sensational saves minutes later as the U. S. successfully killed a penalty when Sheehan went off for charging.     The Russians scored again just as Sheehan was ready to return to the ice making it 3 to 1 and two minutes later when Yetten went off for slashing the Russians made it 4-1. 
    With 14 minutes gone in the period Brown was penalized for charging    and the Russians on their fifth power play made it 5 to 1.
    The big Red team scored again with less than three minutes left ending the second period 6 to 1. 
    The beautiful new State University 3500-seat arena was jammed and the enthusiastic crowd roared when the U.S. team was merely skating toward the opposing blue line. 
    The highlight of the third period was a penalty shot score by the Russians after Yetten threw his stick to prevent a breakaway shot on goal by Bodounev. The goal came with 6 minutes left in the period. 
    Ambis had scored for the U. S. team unassisted two minutes earlier. Williams scored his second goal of the game making it 8 to 3 with an assist from his Lake Placid teammate Jack Levitt with 2:16 left in the game. 
    Sidelinkov had a game total of 20 saves and U. S. goaler Scioletti had 46.     The Canadian National team meets the Russians at the Olympic Arena tonight at 8 and the U. S. and Canada play Saturday night, same time, same place.

Russians and Temperatures Are the Talk of FISU Games
    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — 
The Soviet Union’s superb cross-country skiers, undaunted by thawing temperatures and slow, slushy courses, have won the men’s and women’s relays to continue their dominance of the cross-country events at the World University Winter Games. 
    The Russians’ unsurprising victories Thursday left them safely ahead of the United States 12-10 in the medal competition as the games entered their final three days. 
    But the talk of this Adirondack resort village was the freakish unseasonable weather - it rose to 58 degrees in the afternoon - that forced the postponement of the speed-skating races Thursday and spawned speculation that some events might have to be cancelled as the games' closing approached. 
    Officials rescheduled four speed-skting races to be run along with two races already scheduled for today, with a promise from the weatherman that overnight temperatures would dip below Zero. 
    The Russian hockey team continued its winning ways Thursday night, laying it on a winless U.S. squad 8-3. The Americans played the Russians evenly for two periods - the first and third, but were mauled in the second when the Soviet Union scored five goals to one for the United States. 
    The Russians coasted to the gold medal in the 40-kilometer relay on the sun-softened Mt. van Hoeventoerg course. Anchorman Fedor Shimashov, an Olympic silver medalist, crossed the line more than 6 minutes ahead of the second-place Japanese. An unexpectedly strong U.S. team took the bronze. 
    American anchorman Gene Morgan put on a strong rush on the last leg, making up a full minute’s lag, but fell 15 seconds short of the final Japanese skier, Kenzo Kida. 
    "I was right behind him and he turned around and looked at me,” an exhausted Morgan said after the race. "I saw him raise his eyebrows and then he turned around and ran like hell." 
    The finish in the women’s 15- kilometer relay was even more dramatic. Olympic gold-medal winner Lubov Koukhachava skied a swift final lap to catch and pass the leading Polish team. The American team’s third-place finish in the women’s race was anticlimactic - there were only three teams entered. 
    The Russian girls’ first two laps were run by Nine Selanina and Olga Olga Rokka. The combined time was 1 hour, 1 minute, 22.90 seconds. The Polish girls -Zofia Majerczyk, Krystyna Turowska. and Bogumila Trzebunia - finished 19 seconds behind. The American team, which crossed the line about three minutes later, was made up of Maryame Van Enkevort, Margie Mahoney and Barbara Britch, all of Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage. 
    The Russian men - Nikolai Emelin, Sergej Saveliev. Ivan Pronin and Sinashev - finished in a total time of 2 hours, 32:54.96. The Japanese silver medalists - Kunio Shibata, Tomio Okamura, Koji Shinuzu, and Kida finished about 6 1/2 minutes back.
    Morgan and his American teammates Ronnie Yeager of the University of Colorado, Larry Martin at Fort Lewis College and Joe McNulty of Middlebury College beat Switzerland, Austria, Canada and Spain for the bronze. 
    The German team failed to finish after Gerhard Kraus became ill on the third leg and dropped out. 
    The Russian hockey triumph Thursday night assured them of at least a tie for the gold medal in the three-team event. The Russians are undefeated after four games, while the Canadiens stand at 2-2. Over the next three days the two teams play each other again and each faces the winless Americans once more.

FISU Summaries 
    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — 
Thursday’s World University Games summaries: 
    Women’s eross-country relay, 3x5 kilometers—1, Soviet Union (Nina Selunina, Olga Rokko, Lubov Moukhacheva; 1:01:22.90.    2, Poland (Zofia Majerczyk, Nrystyna Turowska, Trzebunia Bogumile) 1:01:41.19.    3, United States (Maryanne Van Enkevort, Margie Mahoney, Barbara Britch) 1:04:27.89. 
    Men’s cross-country relay, 4 x 10 kilometers—1, Soviet Union—Nikolai Emelin, Sergei Saveliev, Ivan Pronin, Fedor Simashev) 2:32:54.96. 2, Japan (Kunio Shibata, Tomio Okamura, Koji Shimuzu, Kenzo Kida) 2:39:15.60.    3, United States (Ronnie Yeager, Larry Martin, Joe McNulty, Geqe Morgan) 2:39:30.71. 4, Switzerland (Kaspar Egger, Pascal Gertach, Urs Rohner, Ueli Wenger) 2:48:00.63. 5, Austria (Durt Matz, Werner Krischan Anton Vogel, D. Albl) 2:51:21.38. 6, Canada (Darrell Frank, Don Gardner, Larry Mason, Lorne Luhta) 

FISU Schedule 
    LAKE PLACID. N.Y. (AP) - 
Here are the schedules for the next two days’ events at the seventh biennial World University Games: 
8 a.m.—Men’s speed skating, 1,500 kilometers, Lake Placid Olympic Stadium. 
8 a.m.—Women’s speed-skating, 1,000 km. Olympic Stadium. 
10 a.m.—Men’s giant slalom, Whiteface Mountain. 
8 p.m.—Hockey, Canada vs. Russia, Lake Placid. 
8 a.m.—Men’s speed-skating, 10,000 km, Olympic Stadium. 
8 a.m.—Women’,, speed-skating. 3,000 km, Olympic Stadium. 
9 a.m.—Men’s cross-country, 30 km. Mt. van Hoeveriberg. 
9 a.m.—Women's cross-country, 10 km, Mt. van Hoeven-berg. 
10 a.m.—Women’s giant slalom, Whiteface Mountain. 
2 p.m.—Special 70-meter jumps, Intervale. 
8 p.m.—Hockey, Canada vs. United States, Lake Placid. 

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Monday, March 6, 1972

FISU Games End 9 Days of Competition 
    LAKE PLACID — The official FISU flag left here yesterday afternoon as Dr. Primo Nebiola head of the international FISU organization formally declared the games closed at a ceremony in the Olympic Arena. 
    The seventh World University Winter Games concluded nine days of competition between top collegiate athletes from 23 countries. 
    During the games, Russian victories were as predictable as the weather was unpredictable. Russia won the medal race easily with a total of 30-14 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze. 
    The United States had 13 medals, three gold, three silvers, and seven bronze. 
    The flag was presented to the head of the Russian delegation, who will take it to Moscow where the 1973 FISU summer games will be held. 
    In a short speech, Lake Placid Universiade president Ron MacKenzie said that the games held here had accomplished several things, one of which was the development of greater friendship between nations. 
    McKenzie expressed his gratitude to all who had assisted. After passing the flag, Dr. Nebiola made a similar speech, saying that it was “with great sadness that we say goodbye to Lake Placid.” 
    As part of the closing ceremonies the flags of all 23 participating countries were lined up along the side of the Arena with small torches placed next to them. For a final touch the competitors from each country walked by their flags, extinguished their torches then carried their flags out of the Arena. The last flag to leave was that of the United States. 
    The scapegoat of the games was New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who was roundly criticized by game officials for his failure to appear at either the opening or closing ceremonies at Lake Placid. Rockefeller later invited officials and athletes to Albany for a reception, but the offer was declined. 
    The games, sponsored by the International Federation of University Sports, ended with a splash Saturday night. Some of the athletes turned on a fire hose during a farewell party in the Auditorium of the Lake Placid Club.

        The Last Word
Five typewriters rented to the FISU committee by John Munn of Saranac Lake were stolen from the press room located in the music room at the Lake Placid Club house between 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, the Lake Placid Village Police reported today.

Hockey Series Ends, Russians Win 5, Tie 1 
    Friday night was the last chance the Canadians had to beat the Russran squad in hockey at the FiSU games. The Russians didn't lose Friday night, but they didn't win either. In the most exciting game of the series the Russians and Canadians played to a 4-4 tie.
    There was a large, noisy section of red j a c k e t e d Canadian fans, who had come io the arena equipped with institutional size tin-cans on which they beat rhythmically throughout the game. Across the ice from them was a R u s s i a n cheering section, waving a large sign which no one in the area was able to read. 
    The Canadians and Russians came out skating hard and fast and kept each other busy till the Canadians broke through to score at 12:15. This was the only score of the first period. 
    The second period was notable for its penalties, 10 in all. It ended with Canada still leading 2-1. Midway into the 2nd period Canada mounted an effective power play and smashed one into the goal from 10 feet out. With 5 minutes in the period to go, the Russians returned the compliment with their own power-play goal, that hit the cross bar and bounced in. 
    Five Russians spent time in the penalty box in this period, and what looked like iron men out on the ice, turned up in the penalty box, looking pretty like any other collegian, with a very short hair cut. 
    The third period started with the Canadians a man down and the Russians one goal down, too good a chance to miss. Forty four seconds into the period the Russians tied it up. showing that they know how to come from behind. The Russians scored again before the teams changed ends midway through the third period on another power play. Around the arena were murmurs to the effect that the Canadians were too tired now, that it was all downhill from now on and some spectators were even beginning to leave. The score had gone from Canadians 2, Russians nothing to Russia 3. Canada 2. 
    After the end change the Canadian goalie stopped a hard shot on goal on his windpipe and was flat out on the ice for about 30 seconds. You could see a large red mark on his throat when he skated to the bench but after a drink and a rub with a towel, he was back on the ice to thunderous applause. 
    A minute later he missed a body catch and the puck bomced off him and into the goal putting the Russians ahead 4-2. The crowd was muttering, "the Canadians are too tired, they just can't do it now," but a minute later demonstrating that old adage, if at first you don't succeed, the Canadians got it in on the third rebound. Now it was 4-3. 
    During the last 2 minutes, there was a lot of nervous jumping around in the stands as everyone waited to see when the Canadian Goalie would be pulled. With 40 seconds to go, the Canadians mounted a strong attack on the Russian goal, got their goalie off the ice, and another forward came on. There was a face-off. in the Russian zone and with 6 seconds on the clock the Canadians tied it all up. The cheering section let loose with a barrage of tin cans, that effectively stopped play til the ice was cleared, the goalie came back in and the last 6 seconds were played out in mid ice. The Canadian T.V. crew who was filming the game are said to have run out of film with 10 seconds on the clock. If so they missed the best part of the game and the highlight of the scenes. 
    The Saturday night game between the Canadian National team and the United States National team offered little excitement to the hockey fans who again jammed the Olympic arena. Canada won 8 to 1. 
    The first period was the best of the game with the Canadians scoring only once. The Americans had the pressure on the Canadian goalie throughout the first period but to no avail. 
    The lone U. S. goal was made by Lake Placid's Len Williams at 10:01 in the second period with assists from Marchetti and Brown. 
    The Canadians scored four goals in the second period and three in the final period. U. S. Goalie Sciolette had a game total of 48 saves, Richardson for Canada had 31. 
    The Russians beat the U. S. 4 to 1 in Plattsburgh Sunday afternoon. 

Poland, Russia and Japan Dominate Final Ski Events 
    LAKE PLACID — Polish, Japanese and Russian Skiers dominated the final skiing events of the World University Games here over the weekend. 
    Jan Bachleda, 20 year old son of concert violinist in Poland, won the first gold medal for his country by hanging on to a first run lead. His combined time was 3.14 minutes. 
    In the ladies giant slalom held Saturday on a 51-gate, nearly mile-long, course Franziaka Friedel of West Germany took first place with a time of 1.25 minutes, more than a full second in front of Pam Reed of the United States. Pam is a stude.it at Middlebury College in Vermont. 
    Miss Passcale Tremoulet of France placed third. 
    In the special jumping Hideki Nakamo of Japan took first place in the special jumping. Last week he won the combined jumping event on the Intervale hill.     After a mid-week thaw the weather turned cold Friday and conditions were generally good for the weekend events. 
    Four Russians finished in the first six places of Saturday's 30-kilometer cross-country event at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Gold and silver medals went to Fedor Simashov and Nikolai Emelin of the Soviet Union. Switzerland's Ueli Wenger took the bronze. Simashov's time was 34.31.12 minutes. 
    The women's 10-kilometer run was won by Ludmilla Mukhacheva, U.S.S.R., with 34.56.15 minutes. Her teammate, Nina Selunina, places second, with 35.16.43 Bronze medalist was Wladyslawa Majerczyk, of Poland, with 36.26.22.      Down on Whiteface, the final run of the men's giant slalom was held Saturday. Weather was sunny, with temperatures hovering around 10-12 degrees. The skiers ran a 67-gate course stretching 5000 feet over a drop of about 1500 feet. Poland took the gold medal in this event. 
    Eric Stahl, of France, and Karyn West, of the U. S. team, were the gold medalists in the men's and women's Alpine combined. 
    Winning the silver and bronze medals in the men's combined were two Austrians: Hans Tesar and Michael Schlegel. Anahid Tasgian, of Italy, and B a r b e l Edelsbrunner, Austria, took second and third places in the women's combined. 

U.S.S.R., Netherlands, Norway, South Korea Cop Skate Medals
    LAKE PLACID — The U.S.S.R., The Netherlands, Norway and The Republic of South Korea shared top honors in the FISU speed-skating events held here Friday evening and Saturday morning. 
    The races had been scheduled to begin Thursday morning, but a thaw set in and turned the Olympic Stadium ice into a lake of slush. After gallant efforts by the Stadium maintenance crew to remove seven inches of snow that fell atop the slush, Thursday night, the Stadium was ready for use late Friday. Temperatures during most of the races were at or below zero. 
    The first event, a women 500-meter run, was won by Titiana Averina, U.S.S.R., with a time of 48.5 seconds. Choi J u n g - H e e , of S. Korea, was second with 49.1. Third place went to Natalie Solbatova, U.S.S.R., with 50.4. 
    Jenny Walsh who had won a gold medal for figure skating, interestingly enough, competed in this event, and she finished sixth in a field of seven, with a time of 57.2 seconds. She is primarily an indoor skater, which to some extent, conditioned her performance. 
    In the women's 1000-meter race, the U.S.S.R., Natalie Solbatova placed first, with a time of 1:39.2 minutes. Chun Sun Ok, South Korea, finished second, with a time of 1.41.5 Third place went to Tatiana Gorobetz, U.S.S.R. with 1.42.6. 
    The men's 500 - meter event was run with, a field of 21 competitors. A tie for the gold medal — the only one of the games—developed between Ole Iverson, of Norway, and J. Valentijn, of The Netherlands. Both posted a time of 42.8 seconds. Third place also went of Norway, and was taken by Per Bjorang, with 42.9 seconds.      In the men's 3000-meter race, originally slated as a 5000- meter event, Harn Kuipers, The Netherlands, took the gold medal, with a time of 4.48.2 minutes. Valery Lavrouchkin, U. S. S. R., took the silver, with 4.50.4. A1 e x a n d r e Chekulaev, another Russian, was the bronze medalist, with a time of 4.57.1. 
    The men's 1500-meter race was won by Lavrouchkia, with a winning time of 2.13.5 minutes. Kuipers skated off with a silver medal , with 2.14.0. Third place went to another Netherlander, R . Nooitgedagt, with 2.16.9. 
    A 5000-meter men's race, previously listed as a 10,000- meter event, was held Saturday and was won by Kuipers of The Netherlands. He took his second gold medal with a time of 8:05 minutes. The silver medalist was Russia's Lavrouchkin, with 8.09.2 minutes. His teammates Chekulaev took the bronze with 8.14.3 minutes. 
    Natalie Solbatova, U.S.S.R., won the 3000-meter women's event, originally scheduled as a 5000-meter race. Her time of 5.26.5 minutes was worth a gold medal. A time of 5.30.1 minutes won Russia's Tatiana Goreehetz a silver medal. Third place was taken by South Korea's Choi Jung-Hee, with 5.35.8 minutes. 
    The longer events were shortened because of the fatigue factor: Skaters would have had to compete in different races within only 15 hours or two days  of skating. 
    All races were run Olympic fashion - skaters in pairs.

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On 8/4/2022 at 4:33 PM, SportLightning said:

ESPN have never done a FISU event broadcasting before.

Actually, ESPN broadcast some coverage of the 1993, 2013 and 2015 Summer World University Games, but this is their first Winter Games, and their first full coverage of the World University Games.


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On 8/7/2022 at 10:40 AM, panamfan said:

Actually, ESPN broadcast some coverage of the 1993, 2013 and 2015 Summer World University Games, but this is their first Winter Games, and their first full coverage of the World University Games.


Oh, ok.

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It's lit!

The flame in Torino has been lit, officially starting the Lake Placid 2023 Torch Relay.

...well, sort of.

There was an actual, real flame that was lit for the start of the relay, but it won't travel to New York.Instead, a battery-powered LED display torch will travel across the state starting September 22 up until the opening ceremony on January 12.

For the opening ceremony cauldron, organizers will pull a Napoli 2019 and use a carbon-free lighting method. Hopefully it will look like an actual flame and not like inflatable orange tubes this time!

Source: https://www.lakeplacid2023.com/newsroom/lake-placid-delegation-to-travel-to-torino-italy-to-bring-the-fisu-world-university-games-flame-back-to-the-north-country/

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We are less than one month away from Lake Placid 2023!

To mark this milestone, the Organizing Committee unveiled the cauldron that will "burn" for the duration of the games:


Of course, in keeping with the sustainability and environmentally friendly approach that LP23 is taking, this cauldron will utilize LED lighting powered by a wind turbine nearby instead of having an actual flame.


The approximately 12-foot-high cauldron was designed and created by Adirondack Studios of Argyle, N.Y., the same studio that built the LED-powered torch for the FISU Games, and the award podiums for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Built from carbon steel, the top borders depict the silhouettes of the High Peaks. The one-of-a-kind cauldron is ribboned with winter sports pictogram cutouts, allowing light from an intense LED-powered strobe at the core to shine through. The computer-integrated strobe is enhanced by 150 feet of LED light tape within the structure. It took an estimated 300 hours of metal fabrication, 100 hours of resin molding and fabrication, and almost 100 hours of electrical labor to build the cauldron, made of two tons of carbon steel, tinted resin and embedded recycled glass.

“When we started the design of the cauldron, we were inspired by the community and the young athletes coming together to celebrate the diverse winter sports showcased in the FISU World University Games and wanted the cauldron to emblemize this,” said lead designer Andrea Nice. “Since Lake Placid is located in the iconic Adirondacks, we came up with the symbolism of the athletes traveling the Adirondack mountain range to ignite the ‘flame’ and mark the commencement of the competition. We also wanted to make sure our design was environmentally friendly, so instead of using real flame we used LED lights to evoke the lighting both in the torch and the cauldron. The center piece of the cauldron also consists of recycled glass, another nod to the importance of sustainability in design.”

The torch is currently making its way through New York state.

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Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games: over 1,400 student-athletes are registered

A total of 1,443 athletes are registered to compete in the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games, which will start in two weeks.

The final list of athletes shows 595 universities from 43 countries have registered competitors. Athletes are nominated by their international university student federations based on performance in each of their sports. In addition, 743 officials will participate in the Jan. 12-22, 2023, event.

The U.S. team is the largest contingent with 150 athletes, who will be competing on home ice and snow for the first time in a half-century, when the 1972 FISU Games were hosted in the U.S., also in Lake Placid.

The second-largest team after the U.S. is Japan, with 139 athletes, followed by Canada, with 121. The Czech Republic is next with 94 competitors, followed by Korea’s 85. Four nations will have one-athlete teams – Croatia, Luxembourg, Mexico, and Turkey.

A total of 58 athletes from war-torn Ukraine, including a men’s hockey team, will also participate.

There are 832 male athletes competing and 611 female athletes. The most popular sport is ice hockey, with 488 athletes competing in the men’s and women’s tournaments. Alpine skiing is next with 194 competitors, followed by cross-country skiing with 161, snowboard with 118, and short track speed skating with 108.

The 11-day multi winter sports and educational festival brings together student-athletes aged 17-25 to participate in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, freestyle and free ski, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, snowboarding, ski jumping, and speed skating.

A total of 86 competitions in 12 winter sports will take place on venues spread throughout the North Country, including Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Wilmington, North Creek, Canton and Potsdam.

The last Winter Universiade, Krasnoyarsk 2019, had ~3000 athletes from 58 nations while only having 76 events in 11 sports

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1 hour ago, SportLightning said:

That's a huge number for Lake Placid 2023 comparing to 1972

indeed - 1443 athletes competing in 2023 compared to 257 in 1972, and the 1072 that competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics

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2 hours ago, Bear said:

indeed - 1443 athletes competing in 2023 compared to 257 in 1972, and the 1072 that competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics

It is the lowest number of total entries since 2001 though :(

RUS/BLR ban probably plays heavily into that, along the event being held in the post-Olympic year and in North America (winter athletes tend set up shop in Europe for the season). I’m still excited for another multi-sports games nonetheless!

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One week to go!

FISU.tv will livestream the games, with four channels being set up for streaming: https://www.fisu.tv/lake-placid-2023-fisu-games-winter

ESPN will also transmit the events, starting on the 13th (Opening Ceremony is on the 12th)

..and it seems maybe the Olympic Channel will too? not sure but they do have a page set up for it - https://olympics.com/en/sport-events/2023-fisu-world-university-games-lake-placid/

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Athletes are starting to arrive in Lake Placid:

"Yesterday, 85 collegiate-athletes from the Republic of Korea arrived for team processing for the 11-day multi-winter sports and educational festival. Today, 150 athletes from the United States, 139 athletes from Japan, 121 athletes representing Canada and 58 athletes from Ukraine arrived at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center to begin the accreditation process."


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The Opening Ceremony will be performed on uncovered ice it seems, based on a behind the scenes post from @americanicetheatre on Instagram:


The Lake Placid 2023 website does have a description of the ceremonies as well:

"The ceremonies will honor and celebrate the athletes and the rich history of New York through performance and creative presentation highlighting winter. They will showcase the athletes’ achievements and highlight their diverse nations."

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Full ESPN broadcast schedule across all platforms, compiled from their website:

2023 World University Winter Games
Thursday January 12
1:00 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Snowboard Cross Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
7:00 PM    World University Games Opening Ceremony espn+
Friday January 13
9:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Mixed Team Sprint (C) (Semifinal) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Snowboard - Snowboard Cross Women/Men (Round Robin) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Mixed Team Sprint (C) (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games espnu
10:00 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Super - G Women (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games espnu
1:00 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Super - G Men (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Ice Dance Rhythm (Final) espn+
1:30 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Snowboard Cross Women/Men (Final) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Individual Gundersen Jumping Women/Men (Final) espn+
5:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Short Program Men (Final) espn+
6:30 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Individual Gundersen Cross Country Women/Men (Final) espn+
Saturday January 14
9:30 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Alpine Combined Women SG (Final) espn+
12:15 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Individual Men's (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Alpine Combined Women SL (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Short Program Women (Final) espn+
2:45 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Individual Women's (Final) espn+
8:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Ice Dance Free Dance (Final) espn+
Sunday January 15
9:30 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Alpine Combined Men SG (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Speed Skating - 1000m Women/Men (Final) espn+
11:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Sprint Women/Men (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Free Skating Men (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Alpine Combined Men SL (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Ski Cross Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
3:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Mass Start CCS Women (Final) espn+
4:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Mass Start CCS Men (Final) espn+
7:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Free Skating Women (Final) espn+
8:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Mass Start SJP Women/Men (Final) espn+
Monday January 16
9:30 AM    World University Games: Speed Skating - 3000m Women/5000m Men Relay (Final) espn+
10:30 AM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Ski Cross Women/Men (Round Robin) espn+
1:30 PM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Ski Cross Women/Men (Final) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Single Mixed Relay (Final) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games: Figure Skating - Exhibition (Exhibition) espn+
5:00 PM    World University Games: Ski Jumping - Individual NH Women (Final) espn+
8:00 PM    World University Games: Ski Jumping - Individual NH Men (Final) espn+
Tuesday January 17
9:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Individual Women's (Final) espn+
9:30 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom Women 1st Run (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Speed Skating - 1500m Women/Men (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games espnu
10:00 AM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Slopestyle Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
10:30 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Individual Men's (Final) espn+
12:30 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom Women 2nd Run (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Slopestyle Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Team Gundersen SJP Women/Men (Final) espn+
6:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Team Gundersen CSS Women/Men (Final) espn+
Wednesday January 18
9:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Pursuit Women (Final) espn+
9:30 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom Men 1st Run (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Speed Skating - Team Pursuit Women/Men (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Slopestyle Women/Men (Final) espn+
10:15 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Pursuit Men (Final) espn+
11:00 AM    World University Games espn2
1:00 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Slopestyle Women/Men (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom Men 2nd Run (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Sprint Men (Final) espn+
3:20 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Sprint Women (Final) espn+
6:00 PM    World University Games: Ski Jumping - Mixed Team NH (Final) espn+
Thursday January 19
10:00 AM    World University Games: Speed Skating - 500m Women/Men Mixed Team Relay (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games espnu
10:00 AM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Big Air Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
11:00 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Mixed Team Parallel (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Mixed Team Spring SJP (Final) espn+
1:30 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Big Air Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
1:40 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Pursuit Men (Final) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games espnu
2:00 PM    World University Games: Curling - Semifinals Women (Semifinal) espn+
3:20 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Pursuit Women (Final) espn+
4:00 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 1500m Women/Men (Final) espn+
6:00 PM    World University Games: Nordic Combined - Mixed Team Spring CCS (Final) espn+
7:00 PM    World University Games: Curling - Semifinals Men (Semifinal) espn+
7:05 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 2000m Mixed Team Relay (Qualifying)        espn+
Friday January 20
9:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Relay Women (Final) espn+
9:30 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Slalom Women 1st Run (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Freestyle & Freeski - Big Air Women/Men (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Speed Skating - Mass Start Women/Men (Final) espn+
11:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Relay Men (Final) espn+
12:30 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Slalom Women 2nd Run (Final) espn+
1:30 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Big Air Women/Men (Final) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games: Curling - Bronze Medal Game Women (Final) espn+
2:30 PM    World University Games: Women's Ice Hockey - Semifinal 1 (Semifinal) espn+
2:30 PM    World University Games espnu
4:00 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 500m Women/Men (Final) espn+
5:30 PM    World University Games: Ski Jumping - Team NH Women (Final) espn+
6:35 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 3000m Women/5000m Men Relay (Qualifying) espn+
7:00 PM    World University Games: Curling - Bronze Medal Game Men (Final) espn+
7:25 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 2000m Mixed Team Relay (Final) espn+
8:00 PM    World University Games: Ski Jumping - Team NH Men (Final) espn+
8:00 PM    World University Games: Women's Ice Hockey - Semifinal 2 (Semifinal) espn+
Saturday January 21
9:30 AM    World University Games: Men's Ice Hockey - Semifinal 1 (Semifinal) espn+
9:30 AM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Slalom Men 1st Run (Final) espn+
9:30 AM    World University Games espnu
10:00 AM    World University Games: Snowboard - Parallel Giant Slalom Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Alpine Skiing - Slalom Men 2nd Run (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Parallel Giant Slalom Women/Men (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Men's Ice Hockey - Semifinal 2 (Semifinal) espn+
1:40 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Mass Start Men (Final) espn+
2:00 PM    World University Games: Curling - Championship Men (Final) espn+
3:35 PM    World University Games: Biathlon - Mass Start Women (Final) espn+
4:00 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 1000m Women/Men (Final) espn+
5:00 PM    World University Games: Women's Ice Hockey - Bronze Medal Game (Final) espn+
7:00 PM    World University Games: Curling - Championship Women (Final) espn+
7:10 PM    World University Games: Short Track Speed Skating - 3000m Women/5000m Men Relay (Final) espn+
8:30 PM    World University Games: Women's Ice Hockey - Gold Medal Game (Final) espn+
Sunday January 22
10:00 AM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Mass Start Men (Final) espn+
10:00 AM    World University Games: Snowboard - Parallel Slalom Women/Men (Qualifying) espn+
11:00 AM    World University Games: Men's Ice Hockey - Bronze Medal Game (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Snowboard - Parallel Slalom Women/Men (Final) espn+
1:00 PM    World University Games: Cross Country Skiing - Mass Start Women (Final) espn+
5:00 PM    World University Games: Men's Ice Hockey - Gold Medal Game (Final) espn+
5:00 PM    World University Games espn1

Note: The Closing Ceremony is scheduled to begin immediately after the Men's Ice Hockey Gold Medal Match.

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Lake Placid 2023 Opening Ceremony to pay tribute to Native Americans

The Opening Ceremony of the International University Sports Federations (FISU) Winter World University here tomorrow is set to honour the region's Native Americans by starting with an ancestral welcome and land acknowledgement.

A performance of Ohenton Karihwatehken, known in English as Greetings to the Natural World, is then set to follow by Akwesasne singer-songwriter Theresa Bear Fox at the Olympic Center in the New York village.

The tradition is commonly referred to as the "opening address" and aims to recognise the importance and relationship of life forces in creation as well as to unite people.

Lake Placid lies in the Adirondack Mountains which has served as hunting grounds for several nearby groups in the past, most notably the Mahicans and the Mohawks of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Following the Parade of Nations, which will see many of the 1,443 athletes competing at the Games walk the arena in their country's colours, the United States national anthem is set to be performed by Christopher Kinney.

Kinney is a former bobsledder who competed in the four-man event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang before coming out as bisexual.

A series of welcome speeches are then scheduled during the 90 minute Opening Ceremony from Lake Placid 2023 President James McKenna, FISU Acting President Leonz Eder, and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul.

A ceremonial trio of  the raising of the FISU flag, playing of the body's anthem, and a athlete oath precedes a 14-minute "creative suite".

The performance is split into three segments: "gathering in the light", "sharing in the light", and "celebrating winter".

Sustainability is a main theme of the Games so an environmental tribute is anticipated to take place, most likely in the creative suite.

The Lake Placid 2023 Torch Relay is set to reach the end of its 16-stop tour and light the Games' cauldron to officially mark the beginning of the event.

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST January 12 (12:00 AM GMT January 13).

It will be streamed on ESPN+ in the US, and on FISU.tv everywhere else (should be noted that I have been able to access the FISU streams here in the US for today's hockey matches, so hopefully they remain available so there isn't a need to pay for ESPN+...)

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