What: U. S. Olympic Training Center tour
Where: Colorado Springs
When: Guided Tours â€“ hourly Monday-Saturday
Visitor Center open 7 days a week
Experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as you view a short film showing scenes from past Olympic games that is guaranteed to stir your emotions. The movie is followed by a 45 minute walking tour of selected Olympic complex areas. Life-size figures with narrative panels adorn the Irwin Belk Olympic Pathway and provide information about Olympic and Pan American Sports.
During the tour, you will have the opportunity to view athlete training facilities including the Sport Center Gymnasiums where athletes train for gymnastics, volleyball and basketball, as well as boxing. The tour also visits the recently refurbished weightlifting facility where youâ€™re likely to see athletes who look like they are right out of some of those ads for exercise equipment you see on TV.
The USA Shooting Center is particularly interesting. Here athletes are training to control their bodies to allow them to shoot between heartbeats!
The Aquatics Center contains a pool with a capacity of 1 million gallons of water! The pool is equipped with a multitude of cameras which allow the coaches to view each individual swimmer or groups of swimmers. Along one side of the pool is a tow rope which is used to pull swimmers along in the water at the rate they would need to be swimming to be in gold medal form. For most of us that would be like lying flat on the water while being pulled along by a speedboat.
Allow some time after you complete your tour to visit the Olympic Hall of Fame Rotunda, enjoy the memorabilia, and patronize the U.S. Olympic Shop all of which are located in the main Visitor Center.
After completing this tour youâ€™ll be promising yourself to start working out and lose a few pounds so you can get yourself back into Olympic shape!
Most of the tour is conducted out-of-doors so dress accordingly.
Be sure to call the Center or check on the web for tour hours, which vary depending on the time of year. Tours are not conducted on Sunday although the Visitor Center is open for your enjoyment.
For more information, contact:
United States Olympic Training Center
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5760
(888) 659-8687 or (719) 866-4618
Drive to Colorado Springs on I-25
Take Exit 143 (Uintah Street), and drive east 2.0 miles to the â€œTâ€ intersection at Union Blvd
Turn right on Union Blvd, and continue 0.7 miles south to Boulder Street, passing the Olympic Complex on your right.
Turn right on Boulder Street, then turn right again into the visitor parking lot.