Lake Placid presented their bid to the 2023 FISU Executive Committee ©FISU

Lake Placid has expressed their desire to host the 2023 Winter Universiade after presenting their vision to the International University Sport Federation (FISU) Executive Committee here.

The Lake Placid delegation featured several high ranking officials from New York, including State Senator Betty Little.

She was joined by  James McKenna, The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism chief executive, as well as Jeff Byrne from the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority and Tait Wardlaw, who runs a local annual four-day winter multi-sport event.

"It is the most beautiful part of the state," said Little.

"My colleagues are supportive of our bid here.

"Thank you for the opportunity to show you a little bit more about Lake Placid and the Adirondack region."

The delegation presented a vision for a "concentrated" Universiade, featuring a compact downtown area.

It is claimed the bid would allow for athletes to stay in a series of cottages and hotels, which would serve as the Athletes' Village.

Ten representatives from Lake Placid took part in the FISU observer programme held at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty before holding talks over a potential bid earlier this year.

Should the bid succeed, New York state would host the Universiade for the third time.

They first hosted the summer version of the event in Buffalo in 1993, with Lake Placid previously staging the Winter Universiade in 1972.

Lake Placid officials gave hats to FISU Executive Committee members featuring the 1972 Winter Universiade logo ©FISU
Lake Placid officials gave hats to FISU Executive Committee members featuring the 1972 Winter Universiade logo ©FISU

Following their successful hosting of the latter, Lake Placid went on to host the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

A plan for Lake Placid to host the Winter Olympics for a third time, following 1932 and 1980, was touted back in 2015.

The American village has been a consistent host of World Cup and World Championship competitions for several winter sports.

Lake Placid recently succeeded in bidding for the 2021 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Championships.

FISU President Oleg Matytsin praised the presentation from Lake Placid.

"I am very impressed that you have such a professional team and such high-ranking officials," he said.

The 2019 Winter Universiade is due to take place in Russian city Krasnoyarsk, while the 2021 edition is set to be hosted by Lucerne in Switzerland.

The 1972 event in Lake Placid marked the only time United States has hosted the Winter Universiade.