Founded in 1949, FISU stands for ”Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire” (International University Sports Federation). FISU serves as the worldwide governing body of university sports. FISU’s main responsibility is the supervision of both the Summer and Winter “Universiades,” as well as the World University Championships. FISU’s main governing body is the General Assembly, which represents 174 national university sports federations. FISU is funded through subscription, organizing and entry fees, television rights, and marketing activities.
What are the World University Games?
The World University Games (WUG) is the American term for “Universiade,” an international multi-sport and cultural event organized for university athletes by FISU. The Universiade is staged every two years in a different city, representing both winter and summer competitions. The Winter Universiade brings together more than 1,000 student-athletes, making it the world’s largest university winter multi-sport competition, second only to the Olympic Games.
The Winter World University Games competition program consists of twelve compulsory sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating.
What are the World University Championships?
FISU’s other important series of events are World University Championships (WUC). World University Championships, held during the year between the World University Games, are separate sporting events held in different cities around the world.
Who is eligible to participate?
Competitors must be 17 to 25-year-old college athletes. You can find more eligibility criteria for competitors at the Winter University Games General Regulations.
When will the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games be held?
Opening ceremonies begin on January 12, 2023, with closing ceremonies scheduled for January 22.
Which sports and events will be featured at the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games?
The Lake Placid 2023 World University Games will feature 86 medal events in 12 different sports. For more information on featured sports and events, please visit Sports.
What is the competition schedule?
A limited event schedule will be published on this site in the fall of 2021. A full event schedule will be published mid-2022. Event schedules are subject to change. Please check our website regularly for updates.
Where will events be held?
Competition events will be held at nine venues throughout New York state’s North Country: the Olympic Center, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Jumping Complex, and Mt. Van Hoevenburg in Lake Placid; Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington; Gore Mountain in North Creek; the Roos House at SUNY Canton in Canton; and Maxcy Ice Arena at SUNY Potsdam and the Cheel Arena at Clarkson, both located in Potsdam. For further information on the competition venues, please see Venues.
Are you recruiting staff?
For more information on the staff recruitment, please see the Careers page.
When will you begin accepting applications for Games volunteers?
Volunteer recruitment will begin in late 2021. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about volunteer opportunities.
When and how will tickets for the 2023 Lake Placid Games be put on sale?
Tickets will be on sale beginning in 2022. Please join our mailing list to receive updates on ticket sales.
How do I request accreditation as a member of media?
Media accreditation opportunities will begin in July of 2022.
How will the games affect me as a local community member?
The Adirondack Sports Council is committed to hosting ongoing town hall meetings to share planning updates and receive feedback from community members. Information about these meetings will be published in the news section of this site and on our social media channels.
Legacy & Sustainability
What is sustainability and legacy plan for this event?
We are committed to ensuring that the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games leaves behind a healthier infrastructure and lasting legacy of new commitments to a clean future. For more information on our legacy and sustainability initiatives, please see the Save Winter page.