DULUTH, Ga.–Nov. 9, 1999–Goodwill Games President Mike Plant today announced the breakdown of cash awards for the first-ever Winter Goodwill Games, to be held in Lake Placid, NY, from February 17-20, 2000 (with an Opening Celebration on the 16th). In total, $647,600 will be awarded to the approximately 500 athletes competing in the Games. The five skiing events and snowboarding make up the majority of the purse, receiving $462,600. The remaining money, $185,000, will be distributed among the sliding sports and short track speedskating. The professional figure skaters featured in the figure skating competition will receive performance guarantees and will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals.
“We firmly believe that these athletes deserve to be compensated for their efforts,” said Plant. “We have ensured that these numbers are not only fair to the athletes, but fall within the regulations of their particular governing bodies.”
All of the events at the Goodwill Games will feature the best of the best, with medals being awarded for first-, second-, and third-place finishes. Prize money in the snow, sliding and speedskating events will correspond to an athlete’s finish in the event.
“To have the chance to compete against a world-class field for a significant prize purse in my home town is really exciting,” said Gordy Sheer, Olympic silver medalist in doubles luge. “Chris Thorpe and I are committed to our training and hope to capture the first luge gold medal on the new bob/luge/skeleton track.”
In addition to the money being awarded to individuals, the prize structure in the skiing events includes cash awards for top-finishing countries. This prize money will be given to the corresponding federation.
While figure skating will feature professional skaters, a more traditional international competition format will be used, including both short and long programs for each discipline. Medals will be awarded for first-, second- and third- place finishes.
“I participated in the first Goodwill Games in Moscow as an amateur when skating was an exhibition sport,” said Olympic champion Brian Boitano. “I am pleased to return for the first-ever Winter Goodwill Games to compete against some of the best professional skaters in the sport’s history.”
The Goodwill Games and their partners at ORDA (the Olympic Regional Development Authority) are organizing the Games. ORDA was established in 1981 under legislation enacted by the State of New York to operate, maintain and promote the 1980 Winter Olympic facilities in the Lake Placid region.
Tickets for the 11-sport event range in price from $5 to $46. Approximately 150,000 tickets will be available for sale for the five-day period. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Olympic Center Box Office, at 518.523.3330; through Ticketmaster(R), at 518.476.1000 or 802.862.5300; and via the Internet, at www.goodwillgames.com or www.tickets.com. Tickets are also available through all usual ORDA ticket outlets.
The Goodwill Games, founded by Time Warner Vice Chairman R.E. Turner in 1986 as a platform to promote international goodwill through world-class competition, have grown to become the premier international, invitational, multi-sport event where athletes come together to put their greatness to the test. The Games are committed to enriching humanity through sport, with a special focus on helping children. The four previous Goodwill Games have alternated between the United States and Russia; however, future Games will be staged in countries around the world in both winter and summer formats. In addition to the Winter Goodwill Games, plans are underway for the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. TNT is the host network for both events. Goodwill Games, Inc., is a division of Turner Sports, the sports programming and production business unit of Turner Broadcasting, Inc.