Meet Mac: New York unveils new Adirondack mascot | News, Sports, Jobs
LAKE PLACID – There was a six-foot tall moose at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday – a fuzzy, friendly moose wearing a hat and scarf looking to familiarize itself with the area.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday the arrival of Adirondack Mac, a moose mascot representing the Adirondacks at the 2023 FISU World University Games in Lake Placid.
Mac was designed by Kristina Ingerowski of Farmington.
Its mascot was chosen from 150 submissions from 35 counties across the state. Following a public vote on the I LOVE NY website, 10 designs were submitted to a selection committee made up of members representing academia, government, tourism and athletics.
Fashion Institute of Technology sophomore Ingerowski will receive a cash prize of $ 5,000 for her winning design.
“It is an honor to have chosen the design of my mascot” she said in a statement. “Adirondack Mac is special to me because I have spent a lot of time over the years with my grandparents and family who live in Lake Placid. I wanted to capture the majestic beauty and character of the Adirondack region. There is nothing more charming than an Adirondack moose to represent and celebrate this spirit of friendly sport competition in Lake Placid.
“We proudly welcome Adirondack Mac as the mascot who will best represent the country of the North for these Games”, Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin said in a statement.
“New York State has a proud heritage of hosting international competitions, and we look forward to welcoming varsity athletes and coaches from around the world to Lake Placid and the Adirondacks for the FISU World University Games in 2023 “, Hochul said in a statement. “The mascot design contest was a unique way to showcase the talent and creativity of New Yorkers, and I want to congratulate Kristina Ingerowski on her winning design. “
He was greeted by hundreds of people at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Open House and Job Fair on Saturday as they explored the new Mountain Pass Lodge, climbed the new mountain coaster and learned about upcoming events on the Lake Placid sites of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
The FISU World University Games, an international sporting and cultural event held every two years in a different city, will be held in Lake Placid in 2021 from January 12-22. The event is expected to attract 2,500 university athletes and coaches for competitions in various disciplines including alpine, freestyle and cross-country skiing, biathlon, speed skating, curling, figure skating, hockey, speed skating on short track and snowboarding. The Games will use numerous sports facilities throughout the northern region of the country, including Olympic venues managed by ORDA.
A press release from Hochul’s office says Mac “Has a personality as big as the region of the same name. “
“During the winter, you can see Mac on the slopes of Whiteface and Gore Mountains or skate around the Herb Brooks Arena, while the summers include training with some of the best athletes at the region’s world-class facilities. . the press release reads. “Mac is also known to relax while exploring the many unique shops and restaurants in northern communities; hike to some favorite fall foliage spots; and wade through one of the area’s lakes and streams to fish and swim. ”
“Moose represent the best of what New Yorkers and participating athletes have in common: strength, courage and determination.
Mac will embark on a tour through New York, publicizing the FISU Lake Placid 2023 World University Games and the northern region of the country, showing up at various events and activities. On November 26, he will be at Whiteface Mountain and on November 27, at Gore Mountain.
Fans can follow Adirondack Mac on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #adirondackmac.