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    Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Okay, here's another quick report. I'm not sure how many know, but I had family visiting recently and I took them out and about our little hamlet.

    My cousin was an excellent swimmer in his day and flew out here in 1994 to do some training for the Olympics. He did not qualify. But he came out alone and my aunt and uncle did not get a chance to see this place.

    Until now.

    It's not very big, that's for sure---and it's built on an old AirForce base. All the buildings are renovated from the barracks.

    These are some really good kids and the regimented schedule they have them training on keeps them mostly out of trouble. Roulon Gardner (sic?), the famed Greco-Roman wrestler still lives here, from my understanding, with his teacher-wife.

    I work about two blocks from this location.

    One thing you'll notice...the place is empty. Can you guess why?

    Yep...They are all in Beijing.



    The American Team is a bit different-though the government is involved in its administration, the team works completely off of donation. We are the only team to do so. So, please, open minded groups like Hershey's, McDonald's and Home Depot give greatly to our team and this facility. Makes shopping with them a bit easier.



    A huge sculpture out in front celebrates the Olympians. Yes, they are all beautiful and yes, you do kinda wanna hurt them profusely for some reason.



    The winter sports tend to train at Lake Placid, but from the tour, I got the impression that several sports crosstrain at each facility. Some through camps, some through full time location training. And, like this statute, they are hilariously fit. It's almost creepy.



    As many of you know, I tend to watch and enjoy boxing. I did not know this tale until I arrived. Apparently, our boxing team flew to Poland to train with their boxers--but the plane when down in the process, losing several of our 'golden gloves.' Hence this really cool memorial. I forgot to make a note of when it happened...seems like I remember the early nineties. Anyone know? I'll google it.



    Okay, this was the wicked sign at the entrance--I hope you can see it. "2" days until Beijing! That was neat to see.



    Two torches and various memorabilia. Our librarian, a long distance runner, was elected for the most recent winter Olympics as a torch bearer. She even got to keep the torch afterwards. For some reason, the torch did not arrive from Beijing and tour this location.



    This wall was a montage of all the previous Olympians that trained here. We knew a few, but, for the life of us, we couldn't find their pictures. The other thing we noticed, they all look about the same age. The computer kiosks were prepped for immediate access for all things Beijing related.

    Okay, I'll post more later!

    Thanks for readin'!

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Very interesting Roo!


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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    OOOOOOOOOO it looks much nicer than the last time I was there.

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    I want to see more Roo, please.

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    A gold medal for a trip report so far! I can hear the crowd...roo...roo..roo...Roo....ROO...

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut View Post
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    Fine....I'll gain weight.

    See? That was, like, a joke, like, thing and well....on with the pics!



    A bobsled on display. The men and women train here for the athletic reasons: we're higher up in altitude then Lake Placid. Then they head to New York for the ice training.



    The pattern is simple here. There are no tickets, there is no hurry. You simply hang around until the next film and then afterwards, the free tour. FREE. The movie is very commercial--I mean they show shots of Beijing with Coke-a-Cola banners written in Chinese filling up the backgrounds--but is still worthwhile in that it touches on the games in a manner that is heartfelt. This year's flick dealt with young men and women who want to join the Olympic team. This included a young boxing teen who saw it as a ticket out of his urban existence. So we wondered in here...



    Just some random shots of the "Hall of Fame."



    One of three interactive exhibits. Sorry, I didn't feel like I wanted to jump around on my day off.



    Did do this one on heart rates, however.



    The main drag down the center of the Center. Metal cut-outs emphasize all the different kinds of sports competed in.



    The main gym. My uncle, like I said, is a teacher too. We both really got into some quotes they had posted on a back wall in here. There were some gymnasts practicing when they entered, but they quickly put their shirts back on and left as soon as we entered.

    Grumble.



    The television monitors are on a two minute delay and are connected to various cameras in the gym. That way, you can practice, run over and flick a button and watch how you did at any time. You can, apparently, access them from the dorms--you can see if the gym is available.

    The higher ceiling is new...so men and women can practice the newest gymnastic event: trampoline.

    More to come!

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado



    SOrry, folks, but I thought I had taken more pictures.

    So I'll go ahead and slide these last two in and call it a morning.

    Another shot of the quad.



    To the left of this sign is the famed natatorium. Again, I thought there were pictures for some reason. And to the right? The weight room. HUGE and state-of-the art.

    Some of them are tired of the place and decide to go exercise elsewhere to escape...like the YMCA down the block.

    Where I exercise.

    Alright, there ya go!

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Cool TR! Thanks for sharing this with us!


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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Thanks for this TR! I just love that place.
    Apollo Anton Ohno is one winter athlete who trains there
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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    I wanna go back now.

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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Great pictures, Roo!

    I have family in Colorado Springs and when I visited them as a child I got to skate at the ice rink there.
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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing!!!


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    Re: Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverNeverland View Post
    Thanks for this TR! I just love that place.
    Apollo Anton Ohno is one winter athlete who trains there
    A quick note...I ran into Mr. Ohno one day at the YMCA. He was exercising right beside me in the leg area of the weight room. I didn't want to be rude, but it was one of those things where I kept saying to myself, how do I know this dude? Where have I seen him before?

    Then it clicked when someone walked over and simply stated, "Hey, are you Apollo Ohno?"

    This happened last year, too, when I met Christy Smith. Again, I thought maybe she was a friend of a friend situation--until someone pointed out that she was the Deaf member of the television series Survivor.

    Thanks for all the comments!

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    Nicely done, Roo! Thanks!

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