Springfield has been picked as the site for an Olympic Youth Development program. The program finds and trains youngsters who might later be invited to higher level Olympic training programs. Springfield’s training will focus on weightlifting and tennis. Springfield is the seventh city to be designated a youth development city for the Olympics. Since its start, the program has produced nine Olympians, has exposed more than 160,000 children to Olympic sports, and has trained more than 400 coaches.
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