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Empire State Games start with Torch Run; Day 1 events set

Opening ceremonies, events start Feb. 7

Lucas Spilling and students from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School were joined by teacher Paul Buehler to start the 2013 Empire State Winter Olympic Games Torch Run Feb. 6.

Lucas Spilling and students from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School were joined by teacher Paul Buehler to start the 2013 Empire State Winter Olympic Games Torch Run Feb. 6. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— As students from several local schools got things started with the annual Torch Run, final preparations were made to get the Empire State Winter Games started tomorrow.

As events will kick off Feb. 7, Elizabethtown-Lewis student Lucas Spilling started the final countdown to the games as he was the first runner up in the annual Torch Run, which is sponsored by Stewart’s. Spilling was joined by fellow elementary and high school students on the run, which made its way through Elizabethtown. Runners from Keene and AuSable Valley Central schools also took part in the first day of the torch run Feb. 6.

On Feb. 7, students from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid will part in the torch run, which will end at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid for the Empire State Winter Games opening ceremonies, which begin at 6 p.m.

The opening ceremonies will feature 2010 Olympian and four-time Norton U.S. National Champion, Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, who will speak to the Empire State Winter Game athletes.

The games also begin on Thursday, with figure skating beginning at 9 a.m. on the ice of the Herb Brooks 1980 rink and running until just prior to the opening ceremonies.

Also on Thursday, the Olympic Jumping Complex will host its first events of the ESWG, with the K20 competition starting at 3:30 p.m., the K48 event at 4:30 p.m. and the jumping portion of Nordic Combined starting at 5:30 p.m.

Also Feb. 7, the World Cup Luge event get underway with Nations Cup races from 10 a.m. until noon and training sessions from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information on the Empire State Winter Games and events, visit empirestatewintergames.com.

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