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Local university selected as official training site for USA Canoe/Kayak Team

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According to the Johnson City Press, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City Tennessee to be the official U.S. Olympic Training Site for the USA Canoe and Kayak Slalom team.

According to an ETSU news release, Monday 17 2014, the new partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Canoe/Kayak Slalom Team will bring elite athletes to the area from around the country for strength and conditioning training.

“The athletes who will be training at ETSU are those who have already competed in the Olympic Games, or are likely to qualify soon for the U.S. Olympic Team,” Dr. Brad DeWeese, ETSU assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences, and leaders of the new training program, said. “As the center expands we hope to work with more athletes at all levels.”

According to the release, “The ETSU center will work with USA Canoe/Kayak to determine which athletes from the national team are eligible to participate in the training program and those selected will be brought to campus at least twice during the year.”

According to the Johnson City Press, “DeWeese recently served as a strength and conditioning coach for nine athletes who competed in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Two of his athletes, Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton, both won bronze medals in the two-and four-man bobsled events at the Games.”