December 10, 2009

OKC votes YES for MAPS!

Oklahoma City citizens voted yesterday to pass MAPS 3, a continuance of the one-cent tax that originally funded the rejuvenation of the Oklahoma River and which has been instrumental in the positive momentum in our city. The projects approved last night include $60 million in improvements to the Oklahoma River including construction of

– permanent grandstands with a floating stage
– additional race course infrastructure, including a pneumatic starting system
– scoreboard and sound system
– wind screens on the south shore of the river
– permanent lighting for night racing
– expanded parking and staging areas including additional boat ramps and docks
– addition of elevators and stairways to the Lincoln Bridge
– a whitewater kayak and rafting center adjacent to the river

The MAPS initiative also includes a 70-acre downtown park, a public transit component, a new convention center, new trail systems throughout the city, senior aquatic centers, and improvements our state fair park.  All together, it is a $777 million package of improvements for Oklahoma City.

The Mayor announces the victory.

December 06, 2009

USRowing ID Camp

A USRowing National Team ID Camp took place at the Chesapeake Boathouse on December 5th. This camp identified male and female athletes with U-23 or Senior National Team potential. We also took a look at potential residents for the Oklahoma City National Training Center.

More information about the camp is here:

December 04, 2009

Vote for MAPS on December 8

Jen Goldsack with Valery Kleshnev's BioRow VIFS

With Kleshnev's VIFS the athlete can see from the coach's perspective of the launch and get direct and instant feedback about making technical changes instead of the traditional method of video analysis, waiting until the end of practice to see the mistakes and the following practice to try and fix them.

Elite Athletes Visit OKC

November was an exciting month at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center with several elite athletes rowing on the Oklahoma River, the newly designated Olympic Training Site. 

In residence were Jen Goldsack, Kristin Hedstrom, Martin Etem, and Pat Close.

Jen and Kristen have represented the US at the Olympic Games and World Championships, respectively, in the Lightweight Women's Double.

Martin who trained here last summer and represented the US at the U23 World Championships and Pat who won the National Championships in the single last year will be residents here starting January 4.

September 16, 2009

Oklahoma City High Performance Center Training Camp

At the beginning of October, the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center hosted a training camp, the first with USRowing Coaches, John Parker and Jeremy Ivey, on site.  In residence were Jen Goldsack, Summers Nelson, Nick LaCava, Aaron Marcovy, Pat Close, and Martin Etem.

The scheduled activities were:

  • Blood Lactate Step Test
  • Dartfish Video Analysis and Dartfish TV
  • Participation in the Boot of the Oklahoma and Blu Party
More details about the camp can be found here:

Videos will be uploaded soon! Check for updates.

OKC National High Performance Center TV

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