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Officials: Empire State Winter Games a success

But with close to 1,000 athletes in the Olympic region - plus their families - McKenna says hotels and restaurants most likely benefited.

"We know that we had 909 registered athletes at this event," he said. "We can certainly project some numbers from there, but we have not done that yet."

One of the reasons the winter games could continue was the existence of Olympic venues in the greater Lake Placid area, which are maintained and operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority.

The summer games require additional infrastructure and cost significantly more.

ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin says that from his agency's point of view, the games were a "tremendous success."

"Given the short period of time the organizers had to put these games together and the spirit and emotion of the athletes, I think it was an outstanding Empire State Winter Games," he said.

Lundin says there wasn't a noticeable difference in hosting the games without the state's involvement.

"We've hosted these games now for 31 years in a row," he said. "When it comes to the field of play, there's really no difference whatsoever."

"First and foremost for the games was to give the athletes the best venues and the best field of play that we could for them to compete in, and everybody was able to accomplish that," Lundin added.

McKenna says the next step for the organizing committee is to meet and review the financing of the games, scheduling issues, and potential improvements.

That meeting is scheduled for March 10.

"That will be a meeting during which we'll evaluate what we just went through," McKenna said. "The next step will be to look at the future."

Meanwhile, an online auction of Olympic goods donated by area athletes like Billy Demong, Andrew Weibrecht, and Haley Johnson generated over $3,000 for the Empire State Winter Games.

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