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Youth Olympian returns for ESG; events listed

Raychel Germaine prepares to light the caldron during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Empire State Winter Games.

Raychel Germaine prepares to light the caldron during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Empire State Winter Games. John DiGiacomo

ESG Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY, Feb. 4

Note: all Mount Van Hoevenberg events have been moved to the jumping complex.

Adaptive Alpine Clinic, Whiteface Mt. 10 a.m.

Ski jump, Intervale Complex, noon

Nordic Combined, Mt Van Hoevenberg, 3 p.m.

Ski Orienteering, Dewey Mt. 1 p.m.

SBX/SX, Whiteface Mt. 9 p.m.

Snowshoe Sprint, Petrova-Saranac Lake, 9 p.m.

Short Track Speed Skating, Olympic Center 32 Rink, 8 a.m.-noon

Long Track Speed Skating, Olympic Oval, 1-4 p.m.

Women’s Ice Hockey, Olympic Center US rink, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Seminars will take place at the conference center from 7-9 p.m.

SUNDAY, Feb. 5

Adaptive Alpine, Whiteface Mt. 10 a.m.

Biathlon, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, 8:30 a.m.

Cross Country, Mt. Hoevenberg, noon

Adaptive Cross Country, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, noon

Bobsled, Combined Track, 3-5 p.m.

Luge, Combined Track, 8 a.m.

Slopestyle, Whiteface Mt. 9 a.m.

Short Track Speed Skating, Olympic Center 32 Rink, 8 a.m.-noon

Women’s Ice Hockey, Olympic Center US Rink, 8-12:30 p.m.

Figure Skating, Olympic Center 80 Rink, 9-3 p.m.

— Growing up in Georgia didn’t mean Raychel Germaine didn’t know a thing or two about the sport of luge.

After all, her father was a member of the USA Luge team, and she had watched a lot of the competition before deciding to give it a try for herself.

That try led Germaine first to the Empire State Games, where she competed on the Mount Van Hoevenberg track, but also to Park City, Utah; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and most recently Innsbruck, Austria, as a member of the first Winter Youth Olympic Team USA.

“It was really cool because I have never done anything like this in my life,” Germaine, who trains and stays at the Olympic Training Facility in Lake Placid, said. “This experience helps a lot as I look forward to going to the next level.”

As the Youth Olympics help her train for the next level of competition, she said that the Empire State Winter Games, in which she will compete this Sunday, Feb. 5, helped her to get to Innsbruck.

“The more experience you get and the more chances you have to race, that makes you better,” Germaine said.

“You learn how to race through events like this and they prepare you,” Pat Anderson, Germaine’s coach and another former ESG competitor, said.

The Empire State Winter Games run throughout this weekend in the Tri-Lakes region.

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