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Governor Promotes Winter Tourism With Adirondack Challenge

Lake Placid was filled with state legislators, regional and local officials and their families Sunday. They had accepted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's challenge to try winter sports activities available in the North Country in order to showcase upstate recreational tourism opportunities.

The Adirondack Winter Challenge was an effort to bring awareness within the state about tourism activities available in the upstate region. It took advantage of the Olympic and winter venues in Lake Placid for friendly competition between state, regional and local officials.

Six miles south of the village of Lake Placid at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, cross-country skiers set out on groomed trails. But many were lured to the neighboring tracks that host the combined luge-skeleton and bobsled track. The challenge here allowed competitors to ride the bobsled from its half-mile mark. The bobsleds were handled by experienced drivers and brakemen as they raced down the track at over 50 miles per hour. Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright took his son Jordan with him on the bobsled. “It is exhilarating. It is certainly something that I've never done before and anything that we can do to promote the upstate economy especially here in the historic Lake Placid. And certainly this is something I will never forget

“My name is Michaelle Solages. I represent a portion of Nassau County on Long Island. The Adirondacks is such a treasure to New York State. It’s the largest deciduous forest in the country. I had to come see it in the winter when it's at its prime right here in Lake Placid. It’s really important that we recognize that we need to preserve this land right here. And so when we debate the state budget or when we talk about legislation that pertains to the Adirondacks, it’s so important to see it, not just talk about it.”

Assemblyman Dan Stec represents the Adirondacks. “Visiting a place like this is priceless. It puts us in a better position to convince them when we got an issue or problem that needs help, to help us get it resolved.”

The Olympic Regional Development Authority took the opportunity to not only showcase its facilities, but also the athletes who benefit. Sochi skeleton bronze medalist Matt Antoine greeted bobsled competitors before they took to the track. “Sliding sports are something people typically only see once every four years around the Olympics. So for them to actually come here to see it and experience it is a great opportunity for them.”

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