Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), which operates Canada Olympic Park, changed its name to Canadian Winter Sport Institute. Its shortened name will be WinSport Canada. The change in name coincides with the evolution of the winter sports institute, the first of its kind in Canada.
"We are creating the nation's first winter sport institute and one of the most unique athletic environments in the world where athletes and sport organizations from many different sport backgrounds can come together and learn from each other's successes," said Guy Huntingford, WinSport Canada President and CEO.
CODA managed the facilities from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, including Canada Olympic Park. WinSport Canada now operates the ski hill.
Changing to an institute also corresponds with plans to improve the facilities into state-of-the-art training centers with ongoing sport research. Upgrades at Canada Olympic Park are slated for $38 million to transform the park into a world-leading facility for nurturing athletes and expanding the medal count in international competitions. A new athletic and ice complex currently under construction at Canada Olympic Park is expected to be completed by 2011.
WinSport Canada also operates Camp Green on Farnham Glacier in British Columbia for summer alpine training as well as two Nordic training facilities and a speed skating oval in Calgary. Canada Olympic Park will also remain open to the public, in addition to being a training facility.