CLERMONT, FLA. -- In May, Outside Magazine recognized Clermont as one of the top athletic training destinations in the country.
If that distinction needed any validation, the 2012 London Olympic Games cemented the accolade as twelve track and field athletes who trained at the National Training Center competed in the Olympics, winning a total of eight medals.
The Olympians represented eight different countries and included Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, and Kellie Wells -- all from the U.S.
Veronica Campbell-Brown and Samantha Henry-Robinson trained for Jamaica at the facilities.
Other athletes were Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Keston Bledman, Abi Oyepitan, Churandy Martina, Selim Nurudeen, and Ryan Brathwaite.
Scott Blankenship, Director of Lake County's Office of Economic Development & Tourism, said this was an honor for the county, and an unqualified one at that.
"This helps solidify Lake County as a place with top-notch facilities and sports venues, as they can play a major role in ultimately attracting more visitors to the County," he said.
The athletes who trained at the center combined to win as many or more medals than 57 countries that won at least one medal.
The National Training Center is a state-of-the-art sports complex that features a 400-meter outdoor track and field complex and cross country course, a human performance lab, athletic fields, an aquatic center and a 37,000 square-foot fitness center.