U.S. Olympic Training Center - Lake Placid, N.Y.
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The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. opened in November of 1982, the present facility opened in 1989. The purpose of the training center is to assist athletes in a variety of Olympic sports. The center also provides assistance to a number of affiliated sports organizations and disabled sports organizations.
Sports most frequently training in Lake Placid include biathlon, bobsled, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, skiing and speed skating. In addition, boxing, canoe and kayak, judo, rowing, synchronized swimming, taekwondo, team handball, water polo and wrestling also train at the site.
The housing facility contains 96 spacious rooms, which contain a private bath and television. The facility has 11 multi-purpose rooms. The complex, houses two laundry rooms, which athletes can use free of charge and a number of equipment storage rooms.
The athlete center, adjoining the housing complex, contains a 20,000 square foot gymnasium with the capability to hold three events at the same time. The kitchen and dining facilities are located in the center and offer athletes a wide variety of nutritious foods and snacks. Also housed in this area are the administrative offices, sports medicine, weight room with a certified weight trainer and a sports science-testing lab. The lobby area contains a reception area, two large meeting rooms and an official USOC Spirit Store.
The USOC Sports Medicine staff is comprised of chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers responsible for the delivery of health care to athletes participating in OTC programs. Click here for more information on the USOC's Sports Medicine clinics and staff.
The OTC at Lake Placid includes a state-of-the art USOC sport science division organized around five departments: sport biomechanics, sport physiology, sport psychology, computer science and engineering technology.
The USOC Sport Science Division uses a number of sophisticated machines to keep track of an athlete's four-year cycle, monitor athlete progress and make recommendations to coaches.
Equipment in the sport science laboratory includes sport-specific ergometers for canoe/kayak, biathlon, cross-country and speed skating. There is an extra large treadmill with the capacity to study running, roller skiing and in-line skating. Athlete's physiological capabilities can be measured with a computerized system, which scientifically evaluates their maximal oxygen uptake. The Sport Sciences Division also utilizes cinematography to analyze the biomechanical aspects of sport performance.
Many of the facilities used by athletes training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid are the same ones, which were utilized during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Those facilities include the Olympic Center, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Jumping Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. These facilities are managed by the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).
U.S. Olympic Spirit Store
The U.S. Olympic Spirit Store, located in the lobby of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, features a large selection of official U.S. Olympic sportswear and memorabilia. The Spirit Store is the only store in Lake Placid where every purchase made directly supports the U.S. Olympic movement and its athletes.
U.S. Olympic Training Center
Lake Placid, N.Y. 12946
TEL: (518) 523-2600
FAX: (518) 523-1570