Opening Ceremony

ICWG Lake Placid Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, January 7th at 7:30 pm (19:30) at the Herb Brooks Arena 1980 Rink in the Lake Placid Olympic Center.  Doors will open for seating beginning at 6:30 pm (18:30).  The ceremony will last approximately one hour. Our local residents and friends and family are encouraged to attend this fun and celebratory event as we welcome the children of the World to Lake Placid!

Admission to the Opening Ceremony is FREE and open to the public. No tickets needed.

Athlete Information: 

Athletes and coaches should report to the Olympic Center USA Rink by 6:45 pm, using the Athlete Entrance on Cummins Road.  This entrance is marked above the door and is located between the Lake Placid High Schoo/Skating Oval and the Olympic Center.  For those athletes chosen by their delegation to carry the city name placards and  the athletes from Innsbruck chosen to carry the ICG flag into the ceremony, upon arrival, please identify yourselves  to Nick Gunn, backstage manager in the USA Rink. He and the stage manager, Mim Franz, will instruct you on lineup positions.  Flag bearers from Lake Placid should also follow the same procedure and introduce yourselves to Nick Gunn.

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 10th at 19:00 (7 pm) in the Herb Brooks Arena 1932 Rink. Enter the facility through the 1932 Rink Entrance off Main Street, directly next door to Home Base.  Doors will open for seating beginning at 18:30 (6:30 pm).  Following Closing Ceremony there will be a skating and dance party for the athletes in both the 1932 rink and Home Base. Free skate rentals will be available right after Closing Ceremony.

Home Base Activity Center for Athletes

Located in the Conference Center at Lake Placid, right next door to the Olympic Center, home base is YOUR place to meet and play with your fellow  athletes.  Equipped with fun, games, activities and entertainment, there’s something different every day during the Games.  Our very first activity will be an ICE CREAM SOCIAL on the evening of arrival, Sunday, January 6 right after dinner from 7 – 8 pm.

Home Base will be open every day, with hours as follows:


General games and user-directed activities will be available during all open hours

Special games and events are outlined below


Limited availability during check-in

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Ice Cream Social

Monday: Noon – 11 PM

Noon – 6:00 PM – Airbrush Tattoos

Noon – 5:00 PM – Experience Outdoors Games

Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Graffiti Wall

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Experience Outdoors Games

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – USSSA Snowshoe Expo (Lussi Hill)

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Experience Outdoors Games & Team Building

3:00 – 11:00 PM – Green Screen Photo Booth

7:00 PM – Olympic Athlete Meet & Greet

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – ADK Wildlife Refuge

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Experience Outdoors Games & Team Building

7:30 – 10:00 PM – Athlete Dance Party