TAVARES – In May, Outside Magazine recognized Clermont as one of the top athletic training destinations in the country. If that distinction needed any validation, the 2012 London Olympic Games cemented the accolade as twelve track and field athletes who trained at the National Training Center (NTC), located at 1935 Don Wickham Drive in Clermont, competed in the Olympics, winning a total of eight medals.
The Olympians represented eight different countries and included Tyson Gay (USA), Justin Gatlin (USA), Kellie Wells (USA), Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica), Samantha Henry-Robinson (Jamaica), Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Bahamas), Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Trinidad and Tobago), Keston Bledman (Trinidad and Tobago), Abi Oyepitan (Great Britain), Churandy Martina (Netherlands), Selim Nurudeen (Nigeria) and Ryan Brathwaite (Barbados).
“We are honored that these world-class athletes chose to train in Lake County as they pursued their Olympic dreams,” said Scott Blankenship, Director of Lake County’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism. “This helps solidify Lake County as a place with top-notch facilities and sports venues, as they can play a major role in ultimately attracting more visitors to the County.”
The athletes who trained at the NTC combined to win as many or more medals than 57 countries that won at least one medal. Of those who competed, the medalists were:
• Tyson Gay – Silver Medal, 4x100 relay
• Justin Gatlin – Bronze Medal, 100-meter sprint; Silver Medal, 4x100 relay
• Kellie Wells – Bronze Medal, 100-meter hurdles
• Veronica Campbell-Brown – Bronze Medal, 100-meter sprint; Silver Medal, 4x100 relay
• Keston Bledman – Bronze Medal, 4x100 relay
• Samantha Henry-Robinson – Silver Medal, 4x100 relay
The National Training Center is a state-of-the-art sports complex that features a 400-meter outdoor track and field complex and cross country course, a human performance lab, athletic fields, an aquatic center and a 37,000 square-foot fitness center.
For more information about sports and training venues in Lake County, call the Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism at 352-742-3918, or visit www.sportsinlakefl.com.