Five other cities Olympians are calling home
AUSTIN ? Swimming
EDDIE REESE, the U.S. Olympic men's swim coach, has guided the men's team at
Texas since 1978. World-record holders in three 100-meter events—24-year-old
Aaron Peirsol (backstroke), 26-year-old Brendan Hansen (breaststroke) and
25-year-old Ian Crocker (butterfly), all former Longhorns—still train at the
WAKEFIELD, MASS. ? Judo
FOUR-TIME Olympian Jimmy Pedro houses many of the country's top judokas—up to
eight at once—in a five-bedroom house a mile from Pedro's Judo Center. Among
his athletes: Ronda Rousey, 21, who last year won gold at the Pan Am Games and
silver at worlds.
INDIANAPOLIS ? Diving
IN 1998 then Olympic coach Ron O'Brien created a developmental program in
Indianapolis. It produced Thomas Finchum and David Boudia, both now 18, who
finished first and second, respectively, at 2007 nationals on the 10-meter
LOS ANGELES ? Track (Speed Events)
At UCLA'S Drake Stadium, Bob Kersee coaches a group that includes world champ
Allyson Felix, 22. At West Los Angeles College, John Smith's long-dominant
club, HSI, features such stars as 37-year-old hurdler Allen Johnson, an Olympic
and world champion.
CHURCHVILLE, N.Y. ? Pole Vault
IN 1996 pole vaulting coach Rick Suhr built an unusual 4,000-square-foot
training site, putting two Quonset huts end-to-end to create space for a
120-foot-long synthetic-surfaced runway leading to a vaulting pit. There is no
insulation against winter temperatures, which drop into single digits.
"When I jump, I always have to wear spikes because the water seeps onto the
runway and freezes," says 26-year-old Jenn Stuczynski, the women's
U.S.-record holder (16'0"), who trains under Suhr. Stuczynski (below)
bundles up in layers of sweats and stands by a propane blower between attempts.
"At least when I go to a meet, I feel five pounds lighter because I don't
have to wear as much," she says.