Lake Placid, NY, August 13-For the first time ever, the Goodwill Games will stage winter competition. The games will take place in Lake Placid, NY, from February 16-20, 2000.
Featured winter sports include alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping,, cross country, snowboarding, bobsled, figure skating, luge, and speedskating.
Organizers expect to see Olympic and world champion athletes headlining the event, which carries a hefty prize purse. "We have actually gotten a great response from athletes for the games," said Amy Phillips, senior publicist for the Goodwill Games.
The Goodwill Games were founded in 1986 with the purpose of ensuring that the world's best athletes have the opportunity to compete in world class competition-somewhat in response to the political boycotts of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Summer Games.
The four previous Goodwill Games have alternated between the United States and Russia; however, future Games will be staged in different countries around the world, both winter and summer.
Next on deck are the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.