Governor Hochul speaking from a podium at Mt Van Hoevenberg
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul addresses the audience of dignitaries, elected officials, Olympians, and local residents at Mt Van Hoevenberg.

The last Friday in July, Governor Kathy Hochul visited Mt Van Hoevenberg to make some important announcements on the upcoming FISU World University Games to be held in Lake Placid January 12 through 22, 2023. Her appearance comes six months prior to the games opening ceremonies.

Among the announcements were the unveiling of the new design for the athletes’ medals. She also released the competition schedule for the games.

In her announcements, Governor Hochul recognized that the $500 million in state funding for the massive upgrades to ORDA’s venues and facilities in the surrounding region makes the Olympic Region ready not only for the World University Games but also sets the stage for national and international competition for decades to come.

Additionally, Governor Hochul announced ESPN has been named the official television and digital distributor of the Games, and that ticket sales will begin on September 1. ESPN will carry nearly 160 hours of coverage across their networks.

The new design for the World University Games medals, featuring the games' logo in the center with the words "Lake Placid 2023" below.
The design for the 2023 FISU World University Games medals.

“In just six months, New York will welcome the world back to Lake Placid for the 2023 FISU World University Games,” Governor Hochul said. “Thanks to more than $500 million in sports infrastructure upgrades, our beautiful medal designed by Alfred University students and faculty, and a partnership with ESPN, these games promise to be the best yet and a huge boon for the regional economy.”

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games are an 11-day multi-winter sports and educational festival, scheduled from January 12 to January 22, 2023, that will bring 2,500 collegiate athletes and delegates from more than 600 universities and 50 nations, competing in 12 winter sports and 86 events. The Games’ medals were developed in collaboration with faculty and students at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. The university and its Center for Glass Innovation and Inamori School of Engineering used recycled glass from Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, to develop the glass insert that leverages the state’s history of innovative glass technology. The logo etched into the glass symbolizes the central focus of the Games, the collegiate-athlete, and adds another level of dimension to the design.

For more information about the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games, visit

For additional details on Governor Hochul’s visit to Lake Placid and Mt Van Hoevenberg, the official press release is available here.