ESPN GREAT OUTDOOR GAMES

RETURNS TO LAKE PLACID, N.Y. FOR 2001

MULTI-SPORT EVENT TO BE HELD JULY 12-15, 2001

 

        The ESPN Great Outdoor Games will return to Lake Placid, N.Y. July 12-15, 2001. The inaugural event was held in July and drew more than 15,000 spectators and 200 competitors from around the world competing in fishing, timber events, target sports and sporting dogs. Next year’s event will be aired July 26 - August 3, 2001 on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

 

        "We enjoyed a warm welcome from the people of the Lake Placid area and look forward to the ESPN Great Outdoor Games returning next year," said George Bodenheimer, ESPN President.  "The beauty of the area provided a terrific backdrop to the competition for our telecasts, and we hope to build upon the tremendous first-year success.”

 

        ESPN will once again partner with Lake Placid’s ORDA, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, for event support ranging from logistics to generating attendance to recruiting volunteers.  Events are free to the public and will again be held at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Mirror Lake, and other nearby venues.

 

        “We are delighted that ESPN has renewed the Great Outdoor Games for another year in our beautiful Adirondack North Country,” said New York State Governor George E. Pataki. “ORDA, led by President and CEO Ted Blazer, is committed to partnering with ESPN to make this an even bigger success for the network and economy of Northern New York.”

 

        Other ESPN-owned events include: the ESPY Awards, the X Games, Winter X Games, the Action Sports and Music Awards, the Tony Hawk Gigantic Skate park Tour and more.

 

        The general public can find results, event descriptions and detailed information from the inaugural Great Outdoor Games at www.greatoutdoorgames.com. Further information, including venues, schedules and competitors will be forthcoming.