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.
Do I have to register online to work as a volunteer?
Yes, the coordination of all work assignments will be handled by Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Workforce Management Team via Volunteer Local. Registering on Volunteer Local is the only way we can guarantee the best information service or volunteers and optimally coordinate assignments using the Volunteer Local self-scheduling interface. Link to Volunteer Application: Volunteer for Adirondack Sports Council with VolunteerLocal – simple volunteer registration
What are the general volunteer criteria for the Games?
• Be a US citizen; or a non-US citizen who is legally established in the US (student, working, etc.). • Volunteers must be 18yrs old by December 2022 to volunteer. Volunteers who are under 18yrs old may be permitted if volunteering with a club, group or organization. • Agree to work a minimum of 7 shifts of approximately 6-8 hours each (though some shifts may be slightly shorter or longer). Attend required training sessions • Provide own travel and accommodations to/within the North Country, unless otherwise agreed • Comply with Lake Placid 2023 rules of conduct and agree to terms and conditions of participation • Undertake and successfully complete a security background check
What are the volunteer benefits for Lake Placid 2023?
As a Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Volunteer, you will not only be part of history but receive several benefits which
Official Lake Placid 2023 uniform
Access to events and celebrations
Food and Beverage during shifts
Accreditation Card to access venue(s)
Invitation to a post-games party
Official Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Certificate of recognition.
You may volunteer on behalf of a club, group, or organization. However, it is necessary for the LP23 workforce management team to have individualized data for each participant.
There is a prompt within the Volunteer Local Volunteer application which asks if you are volunteering on behalf of a club, group, or organization. Please indicate the name of the organization when filling out the application.
Groups who are interested in volunteering specifically in a particular region or venue/sport/capacity are also encouraged to reach out to the LP23 Workforce Management team at [email protected]
When and how will tickets for the 2023 Lake Placid Games be put on sale?
Tickets will be on sale six months before the event. 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.