Sean Anthony enjoys a smile with swimmer Natsumi Hoshi, bronze medalist in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics. Hoshi is wearing a swimsuit featuring an image of Italian Federica Pellegrini, who has also spent a lot of time training in Flagstaff over the years. COURTESY PHOTO By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (Aug. 12, 2013) — Flagstaff, Arizona, is known in international Olympic circles as a home away from home for many elite athletes, and as one of the top destinations of choice for high-altitude training.
Throughout the 1990s and the early years of the 21st century, Northern Arizona University’s High Altitude Sports Training Complex (later renamed the Center for High Altitude Training at Northern Arizona University), served a growing number of Olympians and aspiring Olympians. In a November 2004 press release, it was summed up this way: “Including the Athens Games, over the past 10 years athletes from 39…
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