Over 150 participants attended Olympic Day and participated in numerous organized athletic skill development activities last Friday in Woodruff, WI.
Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) would like to thank Premier Physical Medicine and Wellness Clinic, local communities around Woodruff, participants and all volunteers for making this event a success.
Olympic Day is a worldwide celebration of the Olympic Movement. CXC was please to organize Olympic Day as a part of its Community Olympic Development Program (CODP), and it was a great way for the local community to showcase support for the Olympic Movement.
Special guests included:
- Caitlin Compton and Garrot Kuzzy, 2010 Olympic Team members
- Chris Cook, 2006 Olympic Team member
- Pat Dwyer, National Hockey League player for the Carolina Hurricanes
- Steve Myrland, former National Hockey League director of conditioning for the San Jose Sharks
"I was hoping that we would be able to show the youth of our community that the Olympians are just regular people who have a gift," says Clinic Director Jim Mullen in the interview to the local news. "They work very hard to achieve what they can with that gift and that it's possible for all of these kids to do something more if they want to keep working."
"It meant a lot to me to come up here to be part of their Olympic Day. It's a special day in the scheme of what it means but it's a really special day for the kids and I wanted to be here for them," commented 2010 Winter Olympian Caitlin Compton.
"To come out and see the turnout in an area like this with a facility like this, it was something I knew about but really never been to see something like this." says NHL player Pat Dwyer. "To get the word out that there is a facility where you can train and develop and follow your dreams. That's great."
CXC was awarded CODP status in 2009 and has put their vision into practice by providing opportunities for youth to participate in Olympic and Paralympc sports. U.S. Olympic Committee Community Olympic Development Program partners with the 16 National Governing Bodies of summer and winter sports and Community Sports Groups to help implement their vision. Their mission is to enhance high quality intermediate sports programs for talented youth in order to maximize their potential in Olympic and Paralympic sports. Central Cross Country Ski Association is one of only seven CODPs designated by USOC.