- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - The Empire State Winter Games get underway next week in Lake Placid, and for the first time the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team will be there in full force.

Members will be competing within the normally scheduled super G, giant slalom and slalom ski races at Whiteface Mountain. Adaptive competition has become a staple of the Games, and events also will be held in cross country, freestyle skiing, and biathlon.

The Adaptive Alpine Team is led by Sochi paralympian Tyler Carter, of Topton, Pennsylvania. The 20-year-old was born with a genetic condition that resulted in the loss of part of a leg by age one and says that without his physical condition he may have never discovered skiing.

Opening ceremony is Feb. 5.

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