|USOC OTC Business Development Director Michael Cain conducts a tour of the Ted Stevens Sports Services Center on Oct. 3, 2014.|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Olympians and Paralympians would not have the opportunities, rights and success they experience today without the help of Senator Ted Stevens and his Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
Senator Stevens established himself as one of the greatest champions of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States and his legacy is living on through the recently-opened Ted Stevens Sports Services Center at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The world-class training facility was made possible through financial and product support from United States Olympic Committee partners BP, The Coca-Cola Company, USG, Dow, 24 Hour Fitness, GE, Steadman Clinic/Steadman Philippon Research Institute and HSS. Representatives from the eight groups were on hand Friday afternoon for a celebration of the facility.
“The Stevens Center offers American athletes the very best in training, recovery and medical facilities – all under one roof,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “It’s a game-changer for American athletes, and we thank all of our partners who dedicated resources, materials and expertise to this project.”
The sports services center is now equipped with 37,000 square feet of usable athletic space, compared to 6,000 square feet before the renovation. The center features a new indoor agility field and weight-training area, enhanced sports medicine and recovery stations, improved physiology and altitude-training capabilities, and a new athlete-teaching kitchen.
|USOC OTC Business Development Director Michael Cain conducts a tour of the Ted Stevens Sports Services Center on Oct. 3, 2014.
“We know in business that to build a winning team you have to give your employees or your athletes the best equipment and the best training facilities possible,” said John Mingé, chairman and president of BP America, which contributed $750,000 to the project. “This complex gives both the Olympic and Paralympic athletes the world-class facilities they deserve to reach the goals of faster, higher stronger.”
In addition to BP’s contribution, USG, Dow and 24 Hour Fitness supplied building materials, professional support and equipment. GE supported the renovation and expansion with expert building and design planning in addition to the world-class medical equipment found in the completely renovated medical center. Steadman Clinic/Steadman Philippon Research Institute and HSS continue to support the USOC medical staff through clinician and facility relationships, offering best-in-class service and treatment to America’s elite athletes. The support of Coca-Cola – a partner of the USOC since 1928 – helped enable the USOC to make improvements to the Peter V. Ueberroth Athlete Center which, in addition to the Coca-Cola 1928 Suite, will feature updated dining and leisure facilities for athletes at the OTC.
“I love that the center is a multipurpose center to help support our athletes because that’s something that my father did and was a core part of his mission in the Senate for so many years,” said Stevens’ daughter, Lily Becker, who was in attendance Friday with her husband, two children and mother, Catherine. “Thank you for continuing to honor his legacy and I hope his name can continue to inspire people for many years to come to support all of our athletes.”