U.S. Olympic Training Center

The $16 million U.S. Olympic Training Center reaffirms New York State’s leadership in the United States’ Olympic movement. The Training Center, built in 1989, is owned by the State of New York and is operated and maintained by the U.S. Olympic Committee through a multi-year contract with the Olympic Authority. The contract consists of a fee-based user agreement that permits elite athlete access to the Olympic Authority venues. Both the State of New York and Lake Placid benefit from this relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee because of the national and international prestige associated with national Olympic training centers. Moreover, the competitions and training that result from having one of three training centers in the U.S. provide unique opportunities for visitors and for promoting tourism in the State of New York. The 117,000 square foot training center houses a 96-room dormitory with several recreational and meeting areas for athletes, a kitchen and dining facility, three gymnasiums, a sports medicine center, a weight room, a USOC “Olympic Spirit” retail outlet, meeting rooms and administrative offices. The main sport users of the training center are the eight major winter Olympic sports (bobsled, biathlon, luge, figure skating, ice hockey, skiing, skeleton and speed skating); however, a number of summer sports use the facilities as well, including rowing, boxing, team handball, rhythmic gymnastics, canoe and kayak and cycling.