Thirty years ago, Oklahoma City was awarded the Olympic Festival. OK ’89 was a 38-sport, 13-day extravaganza that gathered the best American athletes for Olympic-style competition.
The theme, “Winning a Place in the World,” launched a connection and ignited an Olympic fire for Oklahoma. Today, the Boathouse District is home to USA Canoe/Kayak headquarters, the National High Performance Center for America’s top rowers, and became an Olympic and Paralympic training site in 2009.
In Rio, 37 world-class athletes in seven sports have Oklahoma ties. Oklahoma has truly earned a place in the world of Olympics.