COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will host the 2009 International Altitude Training Symposium (IATS) Oct. 21-23 at the Doubletree World Arena Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The IATS has a 16-year tradition of providing cutting-edge information to Team USA Olympic and Paralympic coaches and athletes. In 2009, the scientific program is also including representatives from 18 countries around the world, focusing on the practical application of altitude and hypoxic training for the enhancement of elite athletic performance.
Organized by the USOC Sport Performance Division and headed by Dr. Randy Wilber, USOC Senior Sport Physiologist and Director of the USOC Athlete Performance Laboratory, the symposium will include U.S. National Team coaches from 20 Olympic and Paralympic sports and experts in the field of altitude/hypoxic training.
"The primary goal of the IATS is to provide an exceptional learning experience for Team USA coaches, which will enable them to better prepare U.S. athletes for Olympic and Paralympic level competition, particularly the Vancouver 2010 Games and the London 2012 Games," Wilber said. "It is also an opportunity to share information across international lines and to learn from experts from around the globe."
Special guest Ellen Miller (Vail, Colo.), the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest from both Nepal and Tibet, will make the opening presentation on Oct. 21, titled, "Mount Everest: A Woman’s View of the Summit from Nepal and Tibet."
Additional themes and speakers for the symposium include:
• Hot Topics in Altitude Training: Dr. Christopher Gore of the Australian Institute of Sport, Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen of the S-G Alter-G Center, and Dr. Benjamin Levine of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
• How Altitude Training is Used by Elite Athletes Around the World: Dr. David Smith of the University of Calgary, Dr. John Hellemans of the New Zealand Academy of Sport and Dr. Wilber
• Best Practices in Altitude Training by Coaches and Athletes: o Team USA Coach Bob Bowman will discuss how he uses altitude training in the preparation of elite U.S. swimmers, including 14-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps o U.S. Olympic Team Coach Dave Jarrett along with three-time Olympian and 2009 World Champion Bill Demong will share their experiences in using altitude training in the preparation of elite U.S. Nordic skiers o Team USA Coach Terrence Mahon along with three-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor will discuss the use of altitude training and the preparation of elite U.S. distance runners
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