As the 2018 Winter Olympics come to a close, we’re reminded that during the Olympic Games, the world seems to come together, if only for a couple of weeks. If you’re planning a visit to Colorado Springs before you PCS, you’ll see that in Olympic City, USA, this feeling of unity and Olympic spirit is kept alive every day, 365 days a year. Our picturesque community is home to the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, more than 20 national Olympic governing bodies, more than 50 national sport organizations, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and the future U.S. Olympic Museum. A trip to Colorado Springs would not be complete without learning first-hand about the impressive Olympic facilities and natural training grounds of the region.
Visit the Olympic Training CenterIf you are hoping to recapture the magic of the 2018 Winter Olympics, a visit to the Olympic Training Center is a must. More than 10,000 athletes – Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls – train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year.
The Olympic Training Center is located just a few miles east of downtown Colorado Springs. Public tours are conducted year-round by United States Olympic Committee Ambassadors. More than 130,000 people tour the U.S. Olympic Training Center each year. Military discounts are proudly offered on tour prices.
The Olympic Training Center also has one of only two Team USA Shops in the United States. The Team USA Shop offers a wide assortment of unique Olympic, Paralympic and sport-specific merchandise. All purchases made at the Team USA Shop help to support Team USA.
Come Visit Colorado Springs’ Natural Training GroundsColorado Springs also has unparalleled natural training grounds for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. The Colorado Springs region has 9,000 acres of parkland, 160 miles of park trails and 105 miles of urban trails. These incredible spaces and trails are used regularly by training Olympians, as well as anyone who wants to stay in shape and appreciate the natural beauty of Colorado Springs. In addition, Colorado Springs’ elevation is 6,035 feet, making it an ideal altitude training location.
Visit the Famous Manitou InclinePerhaps the unique (and challenging) natural training ground in Colorado Springs is the Manitou Incline. This extreme trail is considered an advanced hike and gains almost 2,000 feet in less than one mile. It attracts runners and Olympic athletes from around the world. This trail is also used by military personnel and anyone else who is up for a tough workout in a beautiful natural setting.
The Manitou Incline was originally built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak. After the pipelines were completed, the cable car was turned into a tourist attraction. Guests were able to go to the top of the foothills for a breath-taking view of Colorado Springs and the eastern plains. A rock slide damaged a section of track in 1990, so the Manitou Incline was closed down. The rails were removed, but the railroad ties remained. This massive “staircase” is now known around the world as one of the most challenging hikes in the U.S.
Plan a Future Visit to the U.S. Olympic Museum
The U.S. Olympic Museum is scheduled to open in 2020 in the downtown area of Colorado Springs. This museum will welcome people from near and far, and from all walks of life, to come together in the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 60,000-square-foot building will have 20,000 square feet of highly interactive exhibit space, a state-of-the-art theater, gift shop, café and broadcast studio.
It will also be the home of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, a place where the stories of coaches, athletes, leaders and supporters of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes are told.
For more information about capturing the Olympic spirit during your visit to Colorado Springs, or for assistance in your home search, contact us at Colorado Military Homes. We’re here to help.