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|| News Item: Posted 1999-11-15

Goodwill Games Announce Expanded Sports Schedule
By Robert Hanashiro

NEW YORK ---Turner Sports has announced the first Winter Goodwill Games will be held at Lake Placid, N.Y., Feb. 17-20, 2000; on the venues of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games. (opening Ceremonies Feb 16) The
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11 sports to be contested at the Winter Goodwill Games are: alpine skiing, bobsled, cross country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, luge, nordic combined, short track speedskating, skeleton, ski jumping and snowboarding. As in traditional Goodwill Games, the Winter Goodwill Games invite the world's best athletes to compete in the Games' signature finals-only format. In addition to the pursuit of a gold medal, competitors will be vying for their share of a substantial prize and performance purse.

The 2000 Winter Goodwill Games will mark the third time in 72 years that skeleton has been on the schedule of an international, multi-sport event. Skeleton was a part of the program of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympic Games. The sport is similar to luge, except that the athlete rides the sled face down, head first and approaches speeds of up to 80 mph.

The Goodwill Games have partnered with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to stage the Games in Lake Placid. ORDA was founded after the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

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