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New Olympic training facility could be a boon to all athletes

After years of fundraising and searching for a suitable spot, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association is finally ready to break ground on a new 85,000-square-foot training center

The association has been striving to find a location for what they have dubbed as a "Center for Excellence" for nearly a decade. Several years ago the ski team tried to obtain approvals for a facility near the Utah Olympic Park in Bear Hollow, but those plans didn’t sit well with the neighborhood. More recently, USSA explored the possibility of partnering with the developers of New Park in hopes of creating a training headquarters there. However, the numbers didn’t pencil out.

But now the association has nailed down a perfect location at Quinn’s Junction adjacent to the proposed IHC hospital site and a stone’s throw from the Park City Ice Arena and the National Ability Center.

Plans for the facility include fitness equipment but also state-of-the-art performance analysis programs along with nutrition and rehabilitation counseling.

That emphasis on sports science is essential in helping USSA athletes gain the critical edge necessary to win on the international stage. With the groundbreaking scheduled July 18 and targeted completion prior to the 2010 Olympics, it is an ambitious project, one Parkites should embrace.

Park City has been home to the Ski Team, since 1974, but most of the time visitors may not be aware of that. The new center will stamp Park City as the heart of the country’s growing winter sports prowess in disciplines ranging from freestyle to cross-country.

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The center’s focus on research and education may also benefit recreational skiers and snowboarders. The lessons learned as these athletes push the envelope on skis and snowboards, and as they recover from injuries is bound to filter down to the common folk. And those of us lucky enough to live nearby may glean some valuable tips about diet, exercise and extending our own athletic endeavors.

USSA’s national training center will be a welcome addition to this active community.