Empire State Winter Games

The Empire State Winter Games lasted from Feb. 6 to 9 and featured athletes from across the state in Olympic events in a region that has twice hosted the international games.

The 2014 Empire State Winter Games opened with a ceremony on Feb. 6 fit for New York's top winter athletes as their international counterparts were preparing for competition in Sochi, Russia at the Winter Olympics. Several local figures skaters, skiers, and sprinters brought medals back to the Capital Region this year.

A tall sprinter from the Albany Academy for Girls took first place a long stretch in the 100-meter and 400-meter snowshoe sprints at the Empire State Winter Games on Feb. 9.

Adaptive Alpine skiers from Windham Mountain Ski Resort travel and compete together in winter sports events for athletes with disabilities. For a pair in Albany, it's a place to be treated like family while facing off with elite racers on their levels.

Douglas Rogers and Bruce Williams competed in the 2014 Empire State Winter Games this month.

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