POSTED: May 1st 2015

U.S. Olympic Academy hosted by the USOC and LA84 Foundation opens in Los Angeles

The US Olympic Academy kicked off today in Los Angeles © LA84 Foundation
The US Olympic Academy kicked off today in Los Angeles © LA84 Foundation

Headquarters in Los Angeles © LA84 Foundation
Headquarters in Los Angeles © LA84 Foundation

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today marked the beginning of the United States (U.S.) Olympic Academy, which is being held in Los Angeles, California at the LA84 Foundation headquarters. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the LA84 Foundation are jointly hosting the Academy. The invitation only Academy will emphasize Olympism through the theme of the Olympic city lifestyle, from the bidding process to the legacy left behind.

IOC Executive Board Member, USOC Board Member, and LA84 President, Anita DeFrantz stated, "Several American cities have benefitted from significant Olympic legacies."

DeFrantz added, "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 U.S. Olympic Academy objective is to create a national forum where ideas and advancement of educational and social principles of Olympism can be exchanged. The one-day program agenda includes U.S. Host City panel discussion, Boston 2024's bid plan, Olympic Agenda 2020, athlete panel, large group discussion, and keynote addresses.

The program will feature many keynote speakers including Anita DeFrantz; Boston 2024 Chair, John Fish; Hirthler and Partners CEO, George Hirthler. U.S. host city representatives and Olympic and Paralympic athletes will also be among the speakers. In addition, Olympic soccer player, Cobi Jones will host the program.

Reinstated in 2014, the opening of the U.S. Olympic Academy marks the first time the United States has held the academy since 1991. The original U.S. Olympic Academy was held over a three to four-day period throughout the country on college campuses from 1977 to 1991. The Academy has been shaped to be not only sustainable, but effective. The Academy will now take place in non-Games years on a bi-annual basis.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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