The summer games are just a few days away, and if you can’t make the trek to Rio, where’s the next best place to celebrate? Olympic City USA, of course!
Having officially taken on the moniker earlier this year, Colorado Springs has long been associated with Team USA. Not only is the city home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and more than 20 national Olympic governing bodies, it’s also where you’ll find the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
One of the best ways to get into the Olympic spirit in preparation for Rio 2016 is to take a tour of the training center. It houses training facilities for boxing, gymnastics, swimming, weightlifting, wrestling, shooting and more. In fact, more than 500 athletes and coaches can train at the facility at any given time. And the dorms and dining hall allow athletes the ability to focus on the ultimate goal — bringing home the gold. They also employ state-of-the-art technology like an altitude chamber and zero-gravity treadmills to help give athletes the competitive edge. Taking the tour allows an eye-opening glimpse into all that goes into the making of a champion.
As the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals, Michael Phelps will be the talk of Rio as he swims competitively for the very last time. You can actually visit one of the pools he’s trained in while at the Olympic Training Center.
Forty-eight of the Olympic Training Center’s residents will be representing Team USA in Rio, competing in sports such as wrestling, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Paralympic judo and Paralympic swimming. Come see what life is like for these elite athletes. You will leave inspired and ready to cheer them on in their quest for gold!
While there is a nominal fee for the tour, the proceeds go towards supporting Team USA. And if you’re planning to bring a group of 10 or more, call ahead to ask about a tour led by one of the athletes training there. Check out TeamUSA.org for more information.
And if you’re in Colorado Springs, there’s one more special opportunity to support Team USA this Friday, August 5th — the Olympic Downtown Celebration. Tejon Street will turn into a huge party as thousands gather to celebrate the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. The event is expected to have musicians, dancers, a torch relay, fun activities for the kids, and more. And best of all, it’s free! You can find more details here.
No matter where you’re watching from, be sure to tune in and support our athletes. The Summer Olympics are August 5-21, followed by the Paralypmics September 7-18. For a full schedule of events, check out NBCOlympics.com.
Go, Team USA!