By United States Olympic Committee | April 30, 2015, 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Participants, including speakers, Olympians and Paralympians, pose for a photo at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Academy at the LA84 Foundation in April 2014.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The U.S. Olympic Academy begins today at the LA84 Foundation Headquarters in Los Angeles. The invitation-only conference – hosted jointly by the United States Olympic Committee and the LA84 Foundation – will emphasize Olympism through the overarching theme of the Olympic city lifecycle, from bid to legacy.

"Several American cities have benefitted from significant Olympic legacies,” said Anita DeFrantz, IOC executive board member, USOC board member and LA84 president. “The 2015 U.S. Olympic Academy will provide a great opportunity to examine the close relationship between Olympic host cities and the legacies that can result from good planning.”

The objective of the U.S. Olympic Academy is to create a national forum for the exchange of ideas and advancement of the educational and social principles of Olympism. The agenda for the one-day program includes keynote address, U.S. Host City panel discussion, Boston 2024’s bid plan, and Olympic Agenda 2020, as well as an athlete panel and large group discussion. Speakers include Hirthler and Partners CEO George Hirthler, IOC executive board member and LA84 president Anita DeFrantz, Boston 2024 Chair John Fish, U.S. host city representatives, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The program will be hosted by Olympic soccer player Cobi Jones.

The U.S. Olympic Academy was reinstated in 2014 which marked the first time the United States had held an Olympic Academy since 1991. The original U.S. Olympic Academy took place from 1977-91 over 3-4 days on college campuses throughout the country. Moving forward, the academy has been shaped to be both effective and sustainable and will begin taking place on a bi-annual basis in non-Games years.

Full video from the workshop will be available on TeamUSA.org/Academy May 7. Click here to view today’s presentations live.   

For more information on the U.S. Olympic Academy, contact Katie.Closson@usoc.org

About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation manages Southern California’s share of the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Established with an endowment of $93 million, it began operations in 1985, and has invested $220 million back into the communities that supported the Games. More than 3 million young people and 1,100 organizations in Southern California have benefitted from the Foundation’s grants. LA84 also provides youth sports coaches’ clinics, operates a library and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For more information, visit www.LA84.org.