U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers

Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to limit any potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), tours are unavailable at this time.

 

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., opened in 1982 and rests in the shadows of the Adirondack Mountains. In 1987, the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority assisted the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee with improvements to the Lake Placid Olympic & Parlympic Training Center by building new housing, dining and gymnasium facilities. The renovation completed on 29 acres of land in 1989.

Lake Placid was the site of both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games and athletes still use the renovated facilities from the 1980 Games to sharpen their skills. 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.

It’s not just winter sports either, as the Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center offers training to all sports year round.The center caters to biathlon, bobsled & skeleton, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski & snowboard and speed skating are the most frequent sports to train on complex. Other sports training at the center include boxing, canoe and kayak, judo, rowing, synchronized swimming, team handball, water polo and wrestling.

The Lake Placid OPTC has since helped benefit thousands of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, numerous community groups and countless visitors from around the globe.

 

Resident Sports

Tour Information

Guided Tours: Monday-Friday, 2 p.m., Walk-in only

The approximate half-hour guided tour is free to the general public. The tour includes an overview of the history, purpose and general facts about the Lake Placid Olympic & ParalympicTraining Center. Tours are given on a walk-in basis with a maximum of 50 people. If you have more than 10 people in your group, please call the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center at least two weeks in advance to reserve a weekday tour for your group.

 

Sports Medicine & Sports Science

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. 

Contact Us more

Lake Placid Olympic & Paralympic Training Center
196 Old Military Road | Lake Placid, NY 12946 
Phone: (518) 523-2603