Celebrate with Team Frisco on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The community is invited to a celebration of Team Frisco’s remarkable experiences and exceptional results at the International Children’s Games. The celebration will be from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.
Team Frisco’s 12 athletes won 15 medals. While there is no official medal count by team or country, Team Frisco’s medal count would have placed them in 2nd place in the overall medal count after Team Lake Placid which had 80+ athletes and 18 medals.
Team Frisco is comprised of 12 alpine racing, freeski, Nordic and snowboard athletes between the ages of 12-15 from around Summit County who came together to field a team for the International Children’s Games in Lake Placid, NY from January 6 – 11, 2019. The Town of Frisco partnered with Team Summit Colorado and Summit Nordic Ski Club to create a delegation of athletes and coaches to represent Summit County and the United States. As part of the qualification process, each athlete was required to submit an essay for consideration, stating why they would be a good representative of the Town of Frisco, along with their athletic results from the 2017/18 season.
“We are really proud of these young athletes, not just because of their tremendous success on this world stage, but also because of the commitment, work and grit that they show every day to get to this level of skill and athleticism. We look forward to hearing their stories and celebrating their accomplishments,” stated Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson.
International Children’s Winter Games Participants
Over 450 athletes between the ages of 12 to 15, representing 33 cities and spanning 14 countries, competed in eight sports: alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biathlon, long-track speed skating, figure skating and hockey. Teams represented: Austria – Graz, Innsbruck; Canada – Ancaster, Hamilton, Kelowna, Penticton, Port Moody, Windsor; China – Beijing, Changbaishan; Estonia – Tartu; Germany – Darmstadt; Greece – Naoussa; Hungary – Szombathely; Iceland – Akureyri, Reykjavik; Lithuania – Kaunas; Netherlands – Alkmaar; Slovenia – Gorje, Ljubno, Maribor, Velenje; South Korea – Daegu; Switzerland – Delemont, Lausanne, Montreux, Saanen, Vevey; and USA – Cleveland, Frisco, Roseville, Twinsburg, Lake Placid.
International Children’s Winter Games History
Entry into competition for the International Children’s Games is by invitation only, and teams must be sponsored by a city or town, and not just a country. This is the first time that the International Children’s Winter Games were held in the United States, and Lake Placid seemed a fitting first host, as the winter Olympic Games were held here in 1932 and 1980. The International Children’s Games were created 50 years ago, modeled after the Olympic Games, and are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. More information regarding this year’s games may be found at lakeplacid2019.com.