Figure Skating

The entry deadline is Thursday, January 2, 2020

Please read the full annoucement before registration/competition HERE 

Elegance, grace, and beauty. These are just some of the words that describe the sport of figure skating. This art form is separated into four primary events: Single Men’, Single Womens, Pairs, and Dance. Dependent on the form, competitors will present a short program and a long program or a short program and a free skate.

The Empire State Winter Games figure skating events will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as set forth in the current rulebook, as well as any pertinent updates which have been posted on the U.S. Figure Skating website.

This competition is open to all eligible, restricted, reinstated or readmitted persons as defined by the Eligibility Rules, and is a currently registered member of a U.S. Figure Skating member club, a collegiate club or an individual member in accordance with the current rulebook. Please refer to the current rulebook for non-U.S. Citizens.

The Empire State Winter Games is a qualifying competition for the 2021 State Games of America

For more information, not found below,please contact Mary-Elizabeth Wightman at


Empire State Winter Games Figure Skating Events will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as set forth in the current rulebook, as well as any pertinent updates which have been posted on the U.S. Figure Skating website.

Test level

Competition level is the highest test passed as of the entry deadline in the discipline the skater is entering. Entrants may skate one level above that for which they qualify, but they may not skate down in any event. Skaters may only enter ONE level per event. Skaters entering beginner–pre-juvenile events will be divided as closely as possible by age should the number of entries warrant more than one group. The LOC reserves the right to combine levels where there are not enough entries. Synchronized team age and test level eligibility requirements may be found in the US Figure Skating rulebook.


All skaters must have a New York State affiliation in one or more of the following ways: reside in New York State, attend school in New York State, be a member of a New York State Figure Skating Club or have their primary training location in New York State. Skaters who do not have a state games in their own state may also compete. Skaters from other states would be classified in the competition as a participant from their own state for the purpose of distribution of invitations for the 2021 State Games of America.


Friday, January 30 - Sunday, February 2

  • Schedule will be posted at the rink – All Day – Lake Placid Olympic Center
    • Competition events will be held in both the 1980 Rink & the 1932 Rink, both measuring 100’ x 200’. Competition may also be held in the USA Rink which measures 85’ x 200’.)

All practice ice information will be available online and will also be e-mailed to all of the registered competitors. This information will be made available as soon as it is available.

*All schedules are subject to change


ALL entries must be submitted online via the online entry form found above. The entry deadline is Thursday, January 2, 2020. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. There are limited spots available so make sure you register early. 


  • First event - $125
  • Each additonaal event - $75


  • $170 per team plus $35 per skater

The entry deadline is Thursday, January 2, 2020

Refund Policy

There are no refunds of entry fees.  In the case of a medical emergency, depending on the circumstances, a refund MAY be considered.

Any refund requests must be made in writing and sent to: Molly Mayer Event Director, ESWG, 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Entry fees will not be refunded unless no competition exists or the event is canceled. While registering please confirm event dates and interest with coaches and skaters. There will be no refunds for medical withdrawals. The online processing fees are not refundable. Checks returned for non-sufficient funds and contested credit card charges will be issued a $20 fee. Payment of the fee will be required before the skater is allowed to participate in practice ice or events.


Online music submission is the ONLY acceptable method to submit program music. The uploaded program MUST conform to the following specifications:

  • Only one piece of competition program music (e.g. Short Program, Free Skate, etc.) per file is allowed
  • The uploaded file must be an MP3 or M4A file. Simply changing the file extension to “mp3” from another file format is not acceptable
  • Bit Rate of 192 kbps or higher is requested
  • The file should not contain any ID3 metadata (tags)
  • Especially NO embedded images such as album cover art, picture of the skater, etc.
  • Leaders and trailers (the silence or “dead space” before and after the actual start and end of the program music) may not exceed two (2) seconds. We prefer there be NO leaders or trailers at all. Excessive leaders and trailers may disrupt the playing of the music during competition.

The website for music submission is

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:59pm

Backup Music at Event (CDs) 

Competitors must submit their music online. In addition, all competitors MUST have at least one (1) backup CD rink side during the competition event. CDs must meet the following requirements:

  • Clearly marked with a permanent marker with the skater’s first and last name, event, and music length.
  • Only one (1) music track. Any disk with more than one track is NOT acceptable.
  • Lead in time on CDs may not exceed two (2) seconds.
  • Music may NOT be submitted on re-recordable CDRW disks.

Penalty For Incorrect Music Or Failure to Upload Music 

The LOC may assess each competitor an additional charge of $25 per event if the competitor 1) fails to submit their music prior to the close of online music submission, 2) submits files that do not correspond to the specifications above, or 3) submits either the incorrect music or needs to make changes to their music after the close of online music submission. Competitors may NOT receive their credentials at registration until all music issues are resolved.


All athletes must check in at the Empire State Winter Games athlete check in location.

Athletes should also make sure to check in with the ice monitor before each event.

There will be a figure skating information desk located on the main level of the Olympic Center just outside the main doors to the 1980 Rink. The desk will open one hour prior to the start of each event and will close at the conclusion of each day’s events. Awards schedules, practice ice information, and results will be available at the desk.

Coaches should check in at the figure skating information desk prior to their first event to receive a credential.

All participating athletes who check in and receive their athlete jackets prior to the Opening Ceremony are invited to walk in the Empire State Winter Games Opening Ceremony Parade of Athletes on Thursday, January 30.


U.S. Figure Skating, the SC of Lake Placid and the NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority accept no responsibility for injury or damage sustained by any participant in this competition. This is in accordance with Rule 1600 of the official U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook.


Miracle Moments photography will be shooting all events and prints for purchase will be available onsite. If you have any questions, please contact Ona at

There will be an official videographer onsite. 


Medals will be awarded for 1st-3rd places in contested events. An awards schedule will be available at the figure skating information desk.


For information regarding coaches, eligibility and test levels, music, and judging systems, please see the full announcement here.