The U.S. Olympic Committee and the LA84 Foundation came together to revive the historic U.S. Olympic Academy for the first time in 23 years, with the support of Gordon Crawford. This forum for Olympic education took place April 15, 2014, at the LA84 campus, bringing together scholars and students, athletes and administrators, business experts and leading media authorities. The annual networking conference assembled those influential in the U.S. Olympic Movement to discuss important Olympic issues.
Objective & Olympism
The objective of the U.S. Olympic Academy is to create a national forum for the exchange of ideas and the advancement of the educational and social principles of Olympism. In the words of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Movement: “Olympism is not a system, it is a state of mind. It can permeate a wide variety of modes of expression and no single race or era can claim to have the monopoly of it.”
Theme & Speakers
The theme of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Academy was “Athlete Development,” a multifaceted topic that intersects with all levels of sport. Speakers included USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, Tom Farrey of the Aspen Institute, and leading scholars on the topic of “Theories of Athlete Development.”
The full 2014 U.S. Olympic Academy is available for viewing here. The individual modules of speakers and panels will be available shortly.