In a press conference at the State Capital on Thursday afternoon, it was announced that for the third time in a row the Olympic Trials will be on Tracktown soil at Hayward Field in Eugene. There were several speakers to accept the Trials back to the state including Governer Kitzhaber, University of Oregon President Michael R. Gottfredson, and 2012 Trials Committee Co Chair and former Oregon coach Vin Lananna.
The US Olympic Track and Field team trials will return to the University of Oregon and Hayward Field in 2016.
Max Siegel, CEO, USA Track and Field
Governor Kitzhaber talked about the economic boost from the 2012 Olympic Trials as they brought 37 million dollars into the local economy and three Oregon athletes, Ryan Bailey, Ashton Eaton, and Galen Rupp returned to the area with medals.
President Gottfredson gave a warm welcome back to athletes and said the community could not be more excited to host the Trials in 2016.
Former Coach Vin Lananna said the opportunity is not something that is taken for granted and said he would work to make the Trials better than the 2012 Olympic Trials.
We’ll do everything we can to help TEAM USA, the #1 Team in the World, to continue it’s dominanace. – Former Oregon Track and Field Coach Vin Lananna
Mark the dates now. The 2016 Olympic Trials at Historic Hayward Field will take place July 1st-10th, 2016. The Summer Olympics will be held in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.Oregon Ducks This Week: ESPN Sports Science Gives Former Oregon Duck Kenjon Barner A Run Oregon Softball: Hawkins Pitches No Hitter Vs #17 Arizona 2016 Olympic Trials Return To Hayward Field In Eugene For more on the Ducks you can follow AutzenZoo on Facebook and Twitter