The Empire State Winter Games Ski-Orienteering competition was held
this year on Saturday February 27th, near Lake Placid, New York. The
venue was the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Cross Country Ski Complex.
Ski-O was one of the many winter sporting events ... others included
downhill, cross country, jumping, snowshoe, biathlon, and bobsled.
We were fortunate that there was just enough snow, just in time, for our event. On the day of the event, the weather was picture perfect, with sunny blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the 30's.
Eric Hamilton set three courses for us, a long Blue at 13.1km / 7 controls, a long Red at 8.9 km / 6 controls, and a long Green at 5.1km / 6 controls. The courses were well recieved. Due to a Biathlon race series that week, we stayed on the south side of the venue, which turned out to be the better side, snow-wise, on race day ... a lucky turn of events for us. ORDA (the Olympic Regional Development Authority) kept our snow well groomed, with machine raking, grading, and tracking ... and it was fast.
Dave and Lynn Grandjean did an excellent job with the starts / finishes / timing (mom and dad of Sue, who was a Ski-O athlete a few years ago). Phil Hawkes-Teeter prepared the New York points list for Ski-O, and the start order. Dayle Lavine brought refreshments and Rick Lavine and others helped with results. Tom and Carol Moran did registration, Carol is the Ski-O chairperson to NYSSRA (N Y State Ski Racing Association) and coordinated with ESG, and Tom organized the meet and was Meet Director.
-- Tom Moran, meet director
last updated: --Thu May 27 2004 07:58:28 PM EDT--