The Winter Goodwill Games are an international, multi-sport invitational uniting the world's best athletes.
Lake Placid, New York
February 17-20, 2000 (with an opening celebration on the 16th)
An elite field of international athletes invited based on rankings and performances in major international competitions including Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup competitions.
The Winter Games featured 11 different sports:
Alpine Skiing, Bobsled, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speedskating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding
Athletes competed for their share of a substantial prize and performance purse.
In principle, finals-only format with no preliminary or qualifying heats. Some events featured elimination rounds, culminating in a gold-medal final.
The Goodwill Games are committed to enriching humanity through sport, with a special emphasis on children. The Games continue to support their commitment to kids through programs including the Winter Achievers and the Junior Goodwill Games.
Goodwill Games, Inc. oversaw all aspects of the event with the help of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). ORDA is a New York State organization.
TNT was the host broadcaster of the event, televising a total of 16 hours of coverage in the United States.
The 2000 Winter Games were the first Goodwill Games focusing strictly on winter sports. Traditionally, the Games were held in the summer and include mainly summer sports. Previous Goodwill Games have been held in the following cities:
- Moscow, Soviet Union, 1986
- Seattle, Washington, 1990
- St. Petersburg, Russia, 1994
- New York, New York,
Lake Placid is a legendary sports venue, hosting both the
1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Construction was completed
in February of 2000 on the new, state-of-the-art combined
bobsled, luge and skeleton facility. The existing structure,
which was designed and built for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games,
was dismantled to make way for the new track.
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