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US Rowing Training Facility to Open in Oklahoma City

Oct. 04, 2008, 12:07 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY(AP) The U.S. Rowing association plans to open a year-round program in Oklahoma City to train the nation's top young rowers.

The program will be geared to developing rowers to compete at the Olympic level.

U.S. Rowing executive director Glenn Merry said Friday about a dozen rowers will be in residence by next summer. The program is expect to grow to about 50 athletes who will live in college dorms and be given internships at local business.

Training will start at the Chesapeake Boathouse along the Oklahoma River, but move to the Devon Boathouse once it opens in 2010.

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