We’re excited to see you in Lake Placid!

Children from Around the World!

The city of Lake Placid, USA, will welcome the youth of the world for friendly competition at the 8th International Children’s Winter Games from 6 January to 11 January, 2019.

Lake Placid will be the first United States city to host the International Children’s Winter Games and we are excited to welcome the world once again to our region. Lake Placid has twice played host to the Olympic Winter Games, in 1932 and 1980. Lake Placid has a long history of international sports competition and currently hosts many international events each year.

The ICG is dedicated to pursue the common goal of forming nation-linking friendships through the exercising of sports and the arranging of sports competitions. The goal of the International Children’s Games is to enable, develop and advance the meeting, understanding and friendship of students from different countries, and to advance the Olympic ideals.

The city of Lake Placid will offer competition for youth ages 12 to 15 in the sports of Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, and Speed Skating (both long and short track). Entry into competition for the ICWG is by invitation.

In addition to sport competition, Lake Placid will offer cultural exchange events, entertainment programs and more, to help create lasting friendships and memories.

The city of Lake Placid and the state of New York welcome the children of the world to the 2019 International Children’s Winter Games!

“Friendship and Sport Move Mountains”

33 Cities from 14 Countries!

Participating Countries and Cities:

Austria – Graz, Innsbruck

Canada – Ancaster, Hamilton, Kelowna, Penticton, Port Moody, Windsor

China – Beijing, Changbaishan

Estonia – Tartu

Germany – Darmstadt

Greece – Naoussa

Hungary – Szombathely

Iceland – Akureyri, Reykjavik

Lithuania – Kaunas

Netherlands – Alkmaar

Slovenia – Gorje, Ljubno, Maribor, Velenje

South Korea – Daegu

Switzerland – Delemont, Lausanne, Montreux, Saanen, Vevey

USA – Cleveland, Frisco, Roseville, Twinsburg, Lake Placid

Meet Our ICWG 2019 Mascot

Meet Bernie the Black Bear

In many languages, Bernie or Bernard means “brave” and “strong”,  just like our 2019 ICWG athletes!

The American black bear is the smallest of the three bears species found in North America, and are found only in North America. The American black bear is distributed throughout North America, from Canada to Mexico and in at least 40 states in the U.S. They historically occupied nearly all of the forested regions of North America, but in the U.S. they are now restricted to the forested areas less densely occupied by humans. In Canada, black bears still inhabit most of their historic range except for the intensively farmed areas of the central plains. In Mexico, black bears were thought to have inhabited the mountainous regions of the northern states but are now limited to a few remnant populations. Bernie will be out and about everywhere during the Games for photo opps! You will likely not see a real live Bernie the Black Bear during the ICWG as black bears hibernate during the winter.  But, return for a visit in the summer or fall and you might just catch a glimpse of this very shy resident of the Adirondacks!

ICWG 2019 Sports

See below for the sports represented in ICWG2019. You can click on each sport for more info or download the full technical handbook here.

Plan a Perfect Trip

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Lake Placid and the surrounding areas while you’re here! Lake Placid is one of the greatest winter destinations in North America. You can find out more and plan your trip at www.lakeplacid.com.

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