Why Do Athletes Train at Altitude? Linda Lamoureux April 30, 2020 Athletics & Recreation, Biology, Educational Resources, Grades 11 & 12, Grades 5 & 6, Grades 7 & 8, Grades 9 & 10, Health Studies, Kinesiology, Sports Science, Video Why Do Athletes Train at Altitude? Every year Olympic athletes travel to high elevations to train. Why? Discover the science behind training over 5,000 feet.