The 35-acre U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado is the largest of three such sites scattered around the United States. The Center is the home base for USA Swimming and USA Shooting and provides state-of-the-art training facilities as well as housing and medical support for U.S. Olympic and Para-Olympic athletes and their coaches. Athletes in a variety of sports, from swimming to gymnastics to wrestling train at the Center.
About the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the former home of ENT Air Force Base and is located just south of downtown. The $23.8 million, state-of-the-art facility opened in 1997 and boasts a 45,000-square foot aquatic center with two Olympic-sized swimming pools; the Olympic Shooting Center, the largest such facility in the Western Hemisphere and two multi-sport gymnasiums for sports such as basketball, volleyball and archery. The Center also features a sports medicine center, a dining hall, two residence halls with 242 dorm rooms and recreational facilities for the athletes. The Center is equipped to house up to 557 athletes and coaches. On average, 200 athletes train at the Center at any given time.
Visiting the U.S. Olympic Training Center
The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs welcomes visitors. The Center has a $8 million visitors’ center that houses the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame as well as a 225-seat auditorium, an Olympic retail store and an indoor reception area.
Free tours of the U.S. Olympic Training Center are given to the public year round. These tours, led by USOC volunteers, include a 15-minute film about the facility and the mission of the USOC and a 45-minute walking tour. On the tour, visitors get to see the sports centers, the USA shooting center, the aquatics center and the sports medicine and coaching center. The Center welcomes approximately 130,000 visitors each year and runs an average of 15 tours each day during the height of the summer tourist season.
About the United States Olympic Committee
Colorado Springs is also the site of the United States Olympic Committee. Founded in 1894, the committee seeks to support athletes vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic teams by offering grants to athletes, providing health insurance, helping athletes to secure tuition grants, making media and marketing opportunities available, offering career services and motivating athletes with performance-based monetary rewards. Colorado Springs is a hub for Olympic activity. More than a dozen U.S. Olympic national governing bodies have their headquartered in and around the city.
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