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Aurora Games 2019: Highlights From Albany’s All-Women Olympics-Style Competition

'saratoga living' was on hand at the inaugural games, snapping photos of some of the top female athletes in America and the world.

The US' Aesthetic Group Gymnastics team at the Aurora Games in Albany. (Billy Francis LeRoux)
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Look, it’s likely Albany, NY, will never be the site of the Summer or Winter Olympics. (Stranger things have happened; Lake Placid, which hosted the games in 1980 and 1932, is just two hours north.) But this week’s inaugural Aurora Games, which are taking place in Albany, are about as close as anyone in this region has gotten to enjoying Olympic-style competitions.

Of course, the Aurora Games pit two groups of all-women athletes—Team Americas and Team World—against one another in just six categories of sports (tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating and volleyball), but that hasn’t lessened the level of competition in the least. And it didn’t keep some of the top athletes in the nation and world from showing up to strut their stuff.

saratoga living‘s own Billy Francis LeRoux has been covering the Aurora Games all week for us and his first batch of photos are in. Click on the image above for the complete slideshow. For more of LeRoux’s work, click here.

Will Levith

Will Levith is Editorial Director at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others. He lives in Troy with his wife, Laura, and dog, Esopus.

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