Want to see the U.S. athletes without going to London? Visit the Olympic Training Center! The Olympic Training Center is located in Colorado Springs.
Want to see the U.S. athletes without going to London? Visit the Olympic Training Center! The Olympic Training Center is located in Colorado Springs. Admission is free and tours are given every half hour free of charge. As you walk in, you see the large countdown clocks outside counting down the number of days until the next summer and winter Olympics. When I was there, it said "1 days" to London! There is also a large Olympic torch on the roof – visible from the street. If you go during the Olympics, the torch is lit. When you walk in, there are three real Olympic torches from previous Olympics that have taken place in the U.S. I liked the one from the Atlanta games. There are a few exhibits inside but the neat part is the tour of the training center. It starts with an inspiring movie about U.S. athletes. Then the walking tour begins. First the tour goes by colorful metal statues illustrating each of the summer Olympic sports. The tour guide, who may be an athlete, gives interesting information about several of the sports. Then the tour visits the gymnastics training gym. The U.S. men's team trains here and all the equipment you see on TV is there. I was surprised at how tall the vault was! There are multiple video monitors around the gym so the athletes can see their workouts and the coaches can give them helpful advice.
The tour then goes to the indoor shooting ranges. It's built with a thick steel wall to flatten the bullets that hit it! When the tour went to the pool, our guide informed us about the special shape and design of the pool. There are even weights that the athletes can use to train. Michael Phelps has visited along with many other athletes who come to swim for six months to adapt to high altitude for better training. We also toured the wrestling and weights gym. The U.S. wrestling coach was about to leave for London but and he talked to us.
This tour was very interesting to go on right before the Olympics were on TV. It would also be fun to go after viewing the Olympics!