Arizona Business Magazine January/February 2012
Brazil’s Olympic athletes to train in Flagstaff
Hypo2, the Flagstaff based high altitude training company, recently signed an agreement with the Brazilian Olympic Committee, hosts for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to coordinate training camps for Brazil’s Olympic athletes. Over the next three years, leading up to the 2016 games many athletes from “Time Brasil,” the Brazilian Olympic team, will travel to Flagstaff for training.
“This agreement with Hypo2 is extremely important for the Brazilian Olympic sports world, as our athletes are going to be able to use high quality training center facilities in the United States, which are certainly going to assist Time Brasil’s preparation for the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” said Chief Executive Sports Officer, Marcus Vinicius Simões Freire.
Flagstaff has a long standing reputation as an altitude training Mecca, dating back to the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, and Hypo2 has continued to further that reputation in the world of elite international sport over the last five years.
Hypo2 Owner Sean Anthony said, “Having the opportunity to coordinate training camps for the world’s best athletes is always an honor; but doing so for athletes from the National Olympic Committee that will be hosting the next summer Olympic Games takes it to a whole new level.”
For the lead-up to the 2012 Olympics in London, Hypo2 worked with hundreds of elite athletes including 152 athletes from 22 countries who made it onto their country’s 2012 Olympic or Paralympic squad. Of those 152 Olympians who trained in Flagstaff; 46 medals were won and 126 were in the top-8 performances.
“We have hosted Brazilian swimmers in the past, but this came about due to the Brazilian Olympic Committee’s increased interest in utilizing altitude training for their elite endurance athletes and the stellar reputation we have established for carrying out such training in Flagstaff,” said Anthony.
Delegates from the Brazilian Olympic Committee will visit Flagstaff in September to tour training facilities.