Olympic Rings to be displayed outside International Training and Research Center


    USBC News

    OlympicRings.jpgThe U.S. Olympic Committee has given the United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America permission to display the Olympic rings on the outside of the International Training and Research Center, which is currently under construction at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

    "It is an honor for USBC to be a part of representing the Olympic efforts of the United States," USBC Vice President-National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said. "The USOC understands the significance of this training center and the fact that we will be utilizing new technologies in the training arena as well as designing bowling specific exercise regimes that will impact the future of our sport."

    The USOC decision gives the International Training and Research Center - a joint venture between the USBC and BPAA - the distinction of being the lone testing and athlete-development facility in the sport of bowling to feature the Olympic rings.

    "This further validates the vision of bringing together the efficiencies of BPAA and the USBC under one roof to promote the sport," BPAA President Jim Sturm said. "With bowling's history and worldwide appeal, hanging the Olympic rings in Arlington can only enhance the bowling industry and its partners within the international community."

    The new training facility in Arlington adds to the city's already-impressive collection of elite sporting venues, which include the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, and Cowboys Stadium, the new $1.15 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

    "The City of Arlington is extremely proud to welcome the U.S. Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America to our community," Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said. "Both organizations are very important additions to our sports-oriented community."

    Upon completion, which is forecast for fall 2009, the International Training and Research Center will include 14 lanes for training and six for research and testing of bowling equipment. Four lanes will be specially designed and equipped for broadcast television finals.

    High-tech tools in the test center's research area will include a robotic ball thrower, C.A.T.S. (computer-aided tracking system) and state-of-the-art biomechanics technology that includes grip pressure, foot pressure and motion capture, which uses a sensor array and computer system to precisely track a bowler's bodily movements.

    Plans call for USBC coaches to use the test center lanes to coach Team USA, Junior Team USA, national teams from World Tenpin Bowling Association countries as well as other coaches who want to train in the facility. In addition, the center will host International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association and BPAA seminars and be available for a fee to bowlers who want to take high-tech coaching lessons.