Good news for athletic enthusiasts and women of the Capital Region! The inaugural, all-women’s multi-sport competition and festival that took place August 20th through the 25th in Albany was so successful we can look forward to the epic event’s return.
“I am so thrilled that the Aurora Games will return to Albany in 2021 and 2023,” Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced after the final competition on the 25th. He went on to highlight the “history-making moments” of the games, such as 14-year-old figure skater Alysa Liu being the first woman to successfully complete a quadruple Lutz. “The Aurora Games have gotten off to a great start and I look forward to them growing in the future.”
The Aurora Games drew some of the best athletes on the planet to Albany to not only compete, but to participate in youth sports clinics and workshops that centered around women’s empowerment. For instance, the 12-part series Conversations with Champions held in the Albany Capital Center featured keynote speaker Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. Aquilina gained international attention while presiding over the sentencing of former USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
A couple other notable moments in the competitions included Katelyn Ohashi, former University of California gymnastics star, turning in a perfect 10.0 effort in the artistic floor exercises; and Bianca Andreescu, who took home the Rogers Cup in Toronto earlier in the month, rallying from being down 2-1 to win the last five games and seal the tennis competition victory for Team America.
Total attendance for the Aurora Games was 20,423. The event aired live on ESPNU and ESPN3 throughout the week.
Will you attend when the games come back?