The U.S. Olympic Complex
Where you can find up to a thousand tourists a day, an inventory of unique Olympic-related apparely and merchandise , a pond (complete with ducks in the summer) and flags representing 204 countries from around the world? At the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado!
The complex was dedicated in April 1997 and has since become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Colorado Springs. Tours of the complex include a walk along the Olympic Pathway and an inside look at the training facilities including Sport Medicine, Coaching and Sport Science, the Aquatics Center, USA Shooting, the Strength & Conditioning gym, multi-purpose gyms and much more. Depending on training schedules, visitors may also have the oppurtunity to see athletes "up-close and in-person."
In addition to the 130+ resident athletes, the USOC hosts up to 10,000 athletes for short-term programs throughout the year. There are resident programs in men's gymnastics, pentathlon, shooting, triathlon, men & women's weightlifting and men & women's wrestling. Paralympic swimming, Paralympic cycling and fencing.
The Carol Grotnes Belk sculpture garden (in front of the Visitor Center) is a lovely display of sports-related sculptures. One of the sculptures, "The Juliet" is a tribute to (and was unveiled) by Olympic figure-skatinggold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame hosts rotating world-class sport-art exhibits and contains photographs of athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1983.
No tourist experience is complete without the opportunity to SHOP. The Team USA Shop fulfills the needs of eager shoppers with unique Olympic-related merchandise and apparel.
The Visitor Center ambassadors strive to provide an entertaining and eduational experience for young and old alike. For more information, please call 719-866-4618 or visit USOlympicTeam.com and click on "visit us."