Green Bay set to host high performance camp

July 22, 2008, 1:38 p.m. (ET)
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The Green Bay Curling Club will host a USA Curling high performance training camp Thursday-Sunday at the club at 781 Potts Ave., Green Bay, Wis.

The camp will bring to Green Bay the leading men's and women's competitors in the United States, including many of the top contenders to represent the United States at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Training will be conducted by representatives of USA Curling and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Upwards of 10 coaches and trainers will be brought to Green Bay for the training camp.

"USA Curling is embarking on an endeavor to create an Olympic-caliber high performance training environment in Green Bay," said USA Curling Athlete Development Director Ed Lukowich. "It will lay the foundation for our Olympic teams and athletes for the next two to six years. It will be central to the successful training and development of our men's and women's Olympics teams."

Green Bay was selected as the site for the training camp because of its commitment of time and resources to host multiple elite team and Olympic preparation camps, Lukowich said. He added that Green Bay also offers additional training facilities that are state-of-the-art and are designed to provide the correct training and teaching environment for the enrichment of the physical and athletic capabilities of athletes.

"Green Bay emerged as the front-runner among all the selection criteria, especially based on the potential of the community and local organization being able to meet the very specific needs of Olympic athletes and elite teams," Lukowich said. He noted there are few places in the U.S. that offer such an opportunity without having hosted an Olympic Games or having a national governing sports body present within the community.

Scott Higgins, USA Curling coaching development director, said he will introduce a training program that will contribute to world-class sport performances in the areas of technical and decision-making skills, advanced resistance training, power development techniques, cardio respiratory preparation and the implementation of recovery and regeneration strategies.

The program will seek to improve overall athletic abilities and structural "core" strength so as to develop and maintain appropriate mobility and flexibility for the sport in addition to developing the fundamentals of training methodology, practice models, nutritional skills and mental skills.

"That concept is relatively new to curling, however, critical as it represents the future direction the world of curling will move to win medals and improve support to top teams and athletes," Higgins said.