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February 5, 2023

WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Denny Sebek and Julianne Brochu, both of Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., raced to gold medal finishes during Sunday’s, Feb. 5, 43rd Empire State Winter Games’ Alpine giant slalom event held on Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y.

Sebek, a sophomore who skis for Northwood’s U16 team, powered his way through the Draper Drop trail and the course’s 40 gates with the day’s two best times and a two-heat total of one minute, 50 seconds. That was .96 seconds faster than Brantling Ski Racing’s Chase Walker, who won the silver medal.

Jack Gerew of Bristol Mountain won bronze. He finished his two race runs in a combined time of 1:51.50.

Following back-to-back days of frigid temperatures and bitter windchill, Sunday’s conditions were a seasonal 21°F, with overcast skies.

Brochu, also a sophomore at Northwood and a member of the school’s girl’s U16 squad, raced past the 50-skier field, clocking race runs of 56.04 and 56.19 and won the girl’s/women’s race in 1:52.23.

Mia Kerl of the Kissing Bridge Ski Club claimed silver, with a total time of 1:52.91, while Anja Robertson of West Mountain completed her two runs through the 40 gates in 1:53.51 and won bronze.

For more Alpine skiing results as well as results from other 2023 Empire State Winter Games events, please visit www. and follow us on social media @ESWGames.

The ESWG, sponsored by Community Bank, N.A., is the largest multi-winter amateur sports event in the United States. From Friday Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5, close to 2,200 athletes are scheduled to compete in 23 winter sports in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Paul Smiths.

For more information, including sport schedule and results, visit For photos of the Opening Ceremony and events, see You do not have to be a resident of New York State to participate in the Empire State Games, and most sports are open to all levels.