About The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee


Olympic Venues

Several facilities used by athletes training at the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center are the same ones used 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. 

Sports Medicine

The sports medicine staff is comprised of chiropractors, physical therapists and athletic trainers responsible for the delivery of health care to athletes participating in Olympic & Paralympic Training Center programs.  Click here for more information on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee's Sports Medicine clinics and staff. Lake Placid Sports Medicine is the Official Orthopedic Medicine Provider to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid.

Sports Science

The OPTC at Lake Placid includes a state-of-the art USOPC sport science division organized around five departments: sport biomechanics; sport physiology; sport psychology; computer science; and engineering technology. 

The USOPC 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.