The city of Lake Placid, USA, welcomed the youth of the world for a friendly competition at the 8th International Children’s Winter Games beginning January 6.

Lake Placid is the first United States city to host the International Children’s Winter Games!

About the Games: The ICG is dedicated to pursue the common goal of forming nation-linking friendships through the exercising of sports and the arranging of sports competitions. The goal of the International Children’s Games is to enable, develop and advance the meeting, understanding and friendship of students from different countries, and to advance the Olympic ideals.

What is going on: The city of Lake Placid will offer competition for youth ages 12 to 15 in the sports of Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, and Speed Skating (both long and short track). Entry into competition for the ICWG is by invitation.

What a wild first day of the Lake Placid International Children’s Games!

Photos of freeride, alpine and cross-country, click here.

Results can be found under sports, here.

Marc Bilow (photo above) placed 2nd in the slopestyle competition.