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Empire State Winter Games set to return, expand

Events will be held in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Wilmington

Bill Callen of Behan Communications, Empire State Winter Games Organizing Committee Director James McKenna, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, ORDA Director of Events Jim Goff and Olympians John Napier and Erin Hamlin, both ESG alumni, talk about the 2012 games Oct. 12.

Bill Callen of Behan Communications, Empire State Winter Games Organizing Committee Director James McKenna, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, ORDA Director of Events Jim Goff and Olympians John Napier and Erin Hamlin, both ESG alumni, talk about the 2012 games Oct. 12. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— In the future, Goff said that there would also be the possibility of sports like curling, moguls skiing and aerial skiing to be events.

As part of the expansion, events will be held in Lake Placid, Wilmington and now in Saranac Lake, which were a welcomed addition according to Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau.

“The communities have come together as a working group to help put these games on,” Rabideau said. “We are very thankful to be part of this team.”

McKenna added that, with the possibility of more sports in the future years, there was also the possibility that venues could also be found in other communities, including Tupper Lake and Keene.

Overall, 17 sporting disciplines will be a part of the 2012 Empire State Winter Games, which will also have a new logo.

- See the Valley News Oct. 22 for thoughts from Olympians John Napier and Erin Hamlin on how the Empire State Games helped them in their athletic careers.

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