The Games were amazing!

In January of 2023, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games brought the world to the historic mountain town of Lake Placid, which has hosted two Olympic Winter Games and two previous World University Games. The largest gathering of college athletes on the planet, athletes from 50 nations competed in world-class sporting events throughout the Lake Placid area and the Adirondacks.

Over 10 days, winter sport was celebrated with cheering crowds, a festival on Main Street, medal ceremonies, concerts, "learn to" activities, and so much more.

Finish line celebration at Whiteface Mountain
Finish line celebration at Whiteface Mountain after the Men's Super G.
Speed skating at the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid
Speed skating at the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid.
Starting gate at Gore Mountain
Racers exit the starting gate at Gore Mountain during the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games.
Athlete cheers as she crosses the finish line.
Nordic Racing events at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Curling competition in Saranac Lake.
Curling takes to the ice all week in Saranac Lake.
Ski Racing
Racer during the alpine ski events at Whiteface Mountain.
Men and Women's Ice Hockey takes place in Canton and Potsdam with the finals in the 1980 Herbs Brooks Arena on Sunday, January 22.

Among the highlights were thrilling, sold-out events, including:

  • Gold in Men's Hockey came down to a fierce clash between Canada and the USA, with Canada emerging at the champions
  • American Bjorn Westervelt became the first American man to win gold in biathlon in World University Games history
  • Saranac Lake's Civic Center saw packed crowds for men's and women's curling, with great showings by the American teams
  • Some of the world's best figure skaters, including Olympic veterans and hopefuls, shone on the Olympic Center ice

Explore all the results in your favorite events!

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games Festival lit up the night!

Every night of the games, Main Street in Lake Placid hosted a free, wintry, celebratory street festival, with activities and events for all. From rail jams to bands jamming, hot s'mores to fire dancers, the festival was an exciting blend of events that brought together people from all over the globe.

A DJ performs in front of a small crowd in a rustic indoor room.
A snowboarder rides down a railing on a snowy bank.
Pedestrians fill a street in front of a brick hotel and jumbotron showing a hockey game.
A man holding a chainsaw carves a sculpture out of ice.
A dancer twirls flaming sticks in front of a crowd at night.

Let's play!

Did the hard-working, passionate athletes inspire you to get outside and do more? Lake Placid has opportunities to get out on the slopes, explore the magic of cross-country skiing, trade boots for blades, and so much more!