On Thursday the Empire State Winter Games open in Lake Placid with the Parade of Athletes at the Herb Brooks Arena. This is the 34th year for the games which brings together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. The 2017 Games included more than 2,100 athletes of all ages, including master divisions, and the 2018 Games are expected to exceed that number. The games run through Sunday.