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MARQUETTE, MI (Great Lakes Radio News) – Northern Michigan University officials say a long running program at the United States Olympic Education Center is ending.
U.S. Speedskating is suspending its program for the upcoming year. Long and short-track speedskating training programs were both on the NMU campus prior to the USOEC becoming an official Olympic Training Center in 1985. Long-track at NMU was discontinued in 1987.
The suspension of the residential speedskating program comes after changes in facility equipment requirements for the elite skaters, as well as significant funding model changes for national governing bodies, U.S. Olympic training centers and state and federal support for Olympic development training.
USOEC director Brian Gaudreau said that if a new speedskating program is brought to NMU, it would mostly likely be designed to be a training program for coaches.
In some good news for the USOEC, Gaudreau says USA Weightlifting has announced the continuation of a residential program at the facility. Gaudreau says weightlifting has been a sport at the USOEC since 2003. New coach Vance Newgard has 14 men and seven women training at NMU.
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