Nov 14 2011

Olympic Visitor Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Olympic Visitor Center in Colorado Springs

As the world prepares for the 2012 Olympics in London, Americans can cheer on their team and learn how our Olympic athletes train by touring the Olympic Visitor Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Olympic Torches

The visitor center at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is one of three facilities in the United States where our athletes train.  From the Olympic countdown clock to the Olympic rings adorning the property, it’s hard not to feel some team spirit and patriotism at this facility.

Olympic Visitor Center Countdown Clock

Tours, which are free, are conducted year-round and begin in the visitor center lobby.  After watching a brief yet inspirational film, tour guides show guests around the well-manicured grounds and into some of the training areas.  We saw the indoor shooting range, visited with one of the wrestling coaches, saw the training gym and basketball courts, and peeked at the indoor pool where famous Olympians like Michael Phelps have trained.  Our guide was excellent in answering questions about the life of a training Olympian.  Some athletes stay only a short while and some have lived on the site for several years.

Olympic Training Gym

Following the guided tour, guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds on their own, and our kids enjoyed standing on the medal platforms and taking turns “winning” the gold medal.

Olympic Visitor Center

Back inside, there’s a room with an Olympic Hall of Fame that tells the stories of some of the athletes, and our girls tried the various statuary skating poses.

Olympic Visitor Center

The floor is painted with Bob Beamon’s record-breaking long jump from the 1968 Olympics.  Would you believe that Beamon would have jumped over our entire family, stretched out head to toe?  (I know this because we tried it.)

Olympic Visitor Center

The Olympic store is a treasure trove of Olympic merchandise, and we each found a special souvenir there.

The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center was one of our favorite Colorado stops, and the free admission makes it accessible to anyone who is in the are and wants to learn more about our Olympic team.

Olympic Visitor Center Bobsled

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5 Comments to “Olympic Visitor Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado”

  1. Colorado Travel on 16 Nov 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I look forward to the olympics every four years! It is a little dissapointing that it takes so long though!

  2. Krysta Radder on 17 Nov 2011 at 2:42 am

    Well, look at that little girl, how well she is imitating the statuary skating pose!!

    I agree that Olympics should be held every two years, i think 2 years a is a good time when an athlete can work hard and give good results. other wise you will see that most of the athletes can participate in 2 or maximum three Olympics in their careers!

  3. Tony Scott on 17 Nov 2011 at 8:26 am

    I always remembered my father, who was then watching from the stands, tell the Beamon story with a lot of reverence and awe. It seems superhuman for him to do so.

    My childhood dream was to win a gold in the Olympics. I may have lived a different life from that of an athlete, but I’m still a big fan.

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  5. CorinneC @ mydietdays on 18 Nov 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Nice photos! I would love to visit this place as well!

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