What: U. S. Olympic Training Center tour
Where: Colorado Springs
When: Guided Tours – hourly Monday-Saturday
Visitor Center open 7 days a week
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 you’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!
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 you’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
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
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 “T” 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.