University of Central Oklahoma Announced as Olympic and Paralympic Training Site

July 29, 2009, 11:33 a.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6886

Information courtesy of the USOC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 29, 2009) - The USOC announced the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., as an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training site for volleyball, archery and Paralympic sports.

"This is an exciting announcement for the USOC and for Oklahoma City and the University of Central Oklahoma as together we are expanding opportunities for our nation's athletes to train in world class facilities," acting Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Stephanie Streeter said.

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) became an official Paralympic training site in 2005 and is currently home to the U.S. men's and women's sitting volleyball teams.

"We couldn't be more proud to serve the community and the country as a partner with the United States Olympic Committee," said UCO President W. Roger Webb.

Several UCO resident athletes saw success at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, most notably the U.S. women's sitting volleyball team, which won a silver medal. Katrin Greene, a German track athlete, won gold in the 200 meter sprint while T.J. Pemberton, a Paralympic archer, finished fourth in the men's individual compound open competition.

"With a successful run at the 2008 Paralympic Games and the new Olympic designation, UCO looks forward to continuing to contribute to the U.S. Olympic Movement," said Katrina Shaklee, Director of Sports and Recreation at the UCO Wellness Center. "UCO is devoted to expanding its Paralympic and Olympic services and venues for the elite athletes in training."

UCO was recently named the official training site for the U.S. Powerlifting Team. The university will also host the Disabled Volleyball World Championships in July 2010.

Streeter also announced the Oklahoma River south of downtown Oklahoma City, in partnership with the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, as an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for rowing and canoe/kayak.

With the addition of the Oklahoma River and UCO designations, the USOC now partners with 10 different Sites as part of a national training system of world class facilities across the United States. In 2008, more than 1,000 U.S. National Team athletes trained at the Sites, which boasted 139 members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams who came away with 12 medals.