- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - The 36th edition of the Empire State Winter Games is set to get underway.

A four-day torch run ends Thursday evening when the flame arrives for the Opening Ceremony in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

Competitions are set to take place Friday through Sunday in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths and Malone.

More than 1,800 athletes have registered. Organizers say figure skating has experienced a 14 percent growth in numbers over last year.

Besides the usual disciplines, athletes also will compete in several contemporary action sports, such as slopestyle and big-air features for skiers and snow boarders, as well as winter bike events.

Cash prizes worth a total of $20,000 will be awarded.

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