Olympic City USA

I-25 Olympic City USA Gateway Sign

Following the formal adoption of the Olympic City USA brand by the City on January 1, 2016 and a three year soft rollout, the Olympic City USA Taskforce commissioned a marketing study in November 2018 to assess awareness and support.  Encouraged by their substantial progress in brand recognition as well as the highly anticipated  grand opening of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in the spring of 2020, the OCUSA Taskforce felt that the time was right to formalize the brand in a more permanent and visible fashion.

 

It was determined that the most logical and impactful effort would be to update the I-25 north entryway sign into the city.  By resurfacing the sign with an aluminum composite metal panel similar to the ENT Center and the Broadmoor World Arena, they could accomplish their objectives for a cost of $217,000.  Mindful of the importance of good stewardship of donor dollars, they rejected an early design based upon the new city logo that would require a complete teardown and new structure at a cost of $650,000.  

As we prepare for the opening and groundbreakings of several sports-related and catalytic projects in the U.S. Olympic Museum, Air Force Academy Visitors Center, Hybl Center for Sports Medicine and Downtown Sports and Events Center, there is no better time to embrace the modernization of our northern gateway sign on I-25. Our city has reveled in its rich sporting history and it continues to build upon its identity as Olympic City USA with elite and amateur events flocking to our venues year after year. As we continue our 40-year history of launching the dreams of dedicated tens of thousands of Team USA athletes, we want all who visit our community to experience Colorado Springs as a place where natural training grounds meet iconic attractions and the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect inform our daily lives.

- Mayor John Suthers

By maintaining the existing structure, OCUSA is honoring the individuals who worked on the original entryway sign from 1988 until its installation in 1993.  In addition, the OCUSA Taskforce was advised that necessary approvals from the United States Air Force Academy on whose property the sign is located,  the City Parks Department who maintains the sign, and the Colorado Department of Transportation would go more smoothly with updates to an existing structure. 

To obtain the needed private funding, 12 community leaders representing diverse sectors and interests in our city were invited to join the sponsorship committee.  Their task:  to meet one-on-one with area business leaders to secure the necessary funding.  Meeting with an enthusiastic response, within six short weeks slightly over $100,000 has been procured.  

A target date of June 1 has been established to have all funds in hand, with work beginning in order to complete the project by fall. 

All donations are 100% tax deductible and go directly to underwrite the sign.  The project likewise qualifies for a 25% Enterprise Zone tax credit, should the donor so wish. Contributors can send checks payable to Olympic City USA with Entryway Sign in the memo to PO Box 61122, Colorado Springs, 80960.

An Olympic City USA - Catch the Spirit celebratory luncheon for entryway sign sponsors is slated for Friday, October 11th from 11:30 - 1 pm at the International Center of the Broadmoor Hotel. 

For details on becoming an event sponsor, email Katie Lally at klally@springsgov.com.

12 Days of COS #6: Colorado Springs continues to solidify itself as "Olympic City USA"

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – From the continued development of City for Champions’ sports and place-making infrastructure to hosting several world-class sporting events and increased community involvement from Team USA athletes all across the city, Colorado Springs continued to solidify itself as “Olympic City USA” in 2018. 

“This year Colorado Springs celebrated its 40th anniversary as the home of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements, and we couldn’t be more proud of Team USA’s performance at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018,” said Mayor John Suthers. “Once again, the athletes of Team USA inspired our nation not only with their outstanding athletic performances but with their demonstration of the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect – values our community strives to exhibit in all that we do.”

Below is a snapshot of Olympic City USA highlights in 2018.

City for Champions developments

Significant construction progress was made on the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, which broke ground in 2017. Not only did the external structure of the building take shape, but in-depth plans for the building’s interior were revealed. Expected to welcome more than 350,000 annual visitors, the museum will create one-of-a-kind experiences for visitors, offer state-of-the-art technology for its exhibits, and house one of the most complete sets of Olympic artifacts in the world thanks to the generous donation of Gordy Crawford, chair of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. The museum also announced Chris Liedel, former chief financial officer of the Smithsonian Institute, as its CEO. 

In October, officials broke ground on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The facility is expected to bring world-class sports professionals to Colorado Springs to help service the existing sports ecosystem, as well as an estimated 1,000 additional students to UCCS. One of its key services will be performance and recovery programs for Paralympic athletes.

The Colorado Sports and Events Center was announced in July. The project consists of two new venues: a 10,000-seat stadium that will be the home of the Switchbacks FC, and a 3,000-seat arena that will host Colorado College’s ice hockey team. The two sites will also provide prime locations in downtown Colorado Springs for local, national and international events. 

New and returning sporting events

In February, the PyeongChang Olympic Downtown Celebration kicked off the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. More than 15,000 spectators enjoyed the lighting of the Olympic City USA cauldron by Eric Heiden, the most decorated speed skater in history, as well as international music, Korean-themed cultural activities, and taekwondo and Muay Thai demonstrations.

July brought the world’s best senior golfers to The Broadmoor for the 39th U.S. Senior Open. The nationally-televised championship attracted more than 135,000 spectators, 65 percent of whom do not reside in Colorado Springs. 

In September, more than 110 members of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team convened in Colorado Springs for the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games Mexico City 1968. The reunion welcomed acclaimed athletes such as Tommie Smith, Dick Fosbury, and Debbie Meyer Weber to Olympic City USA.

The Air Force Academy hosted the Department of Defense Warrior Games in early June for approximately 250 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, representing six service branches. The nine-day event, which opened with a free Kelly Clarkson concert emceed by Jon Stewart, welcomed thousands of spectators.

Community involvement 

More than 40 Olympic and Paralympic athletes visited local community centers, youth sports programs, hospitals, organizations and schools. During these visits, Team USA athletes spoke to the importance of health and fitness, shared their personal journeys through sport, and emphasized the importance of the Olympic and Paralympic values and how they can be applied to every aspect of your life.

In April and May, more than 11,000 students from 45 elementary schools participated in Olympic Day. The annual initiative utilizes field days to highlight the importance of movement, the spirit of Olympism, and the Olympic and Paralympic values.

The Young Champion Ambassador program, a high school leadership program that partners with Colorado Springs’ sister city Ancient Olympia, Greece, selected Vanessa Addison of Rampart High School as the Olympic City USA representative who will visit Ancient Olympia in early 2019. Addison was selected from more than 500 students.

For more information about Olympic City USA, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/olympic-city-usa or follow @OlympicCityUSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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U.S. Olympic Committee pilots job shadow program in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete Career and Education program is piloting a job shadow program for Team USA athletes in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA. During the first week of October, the program will connect seven athletes with four local employers for an interactive learning experience.

Four of these athletes will shadow operations at the Colorado Springs Police Department on Oct. 2. Participants are as follows:

  • Tammy Delano, 2016 Paralympian, shooting
  • Taylor Farmer, Paralympic hopeful, shooting
  • Jimmy Moody, world champion, fencing
  • Charles Platt, Olympic hopeful, shooting

“We are proud to work with the USOC’s Athlete Career and Education program to offer job shadow opportunities for local Team USA athletes,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey. “We are always looking to engage hardworking, determined individuals, and elite athletes generally fit that profile. We hope the participants come away from this experience with a better understanding of our work environment and culture of serving the people of Olympic City USA.”

Other employers to take part include KOAA (Mirai Nagasu, two-time Olympic figure skater and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist); USA Weightlifting (Mohamed Lahna, 2016 Paratriathlon bronze medalist); and Visit Colorado Springs (Mindy Miles, Olympic shooting hopeful).

As part of the USOC’s ongoing commitment to support holistic athlete development, ACE aims to provide current and retired Team USA athletes with career, education and life skills resources to support athletic performance goals and facilitate successful transition to careers post-competition. The program offers athletes a variety of services, including personality assessments, career discovery, resume and cover letter assistance, networking and interview practice, and job search strategies.

“We are thrilled to launch the job shadow pilot program and grateful for the support from the participating organizations here in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA,” said Leslie Klein, USOC director of ACE. “The program features a variety of opportunities for Team USA athletes to learn and expand their skill set as they explore professional avenues, both in and outside of sport. The experience and traits that make athletes successful on the field of play also transfer well to the workplace, and this pilot is a fantastic opportunity to highlight that transition.”

With an added focus on Olympic City USA, ACE aims to inspire long-term positive engagement within Colorado Springs, which is home to 23 of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family’s 50 National Governing Bodies.

Athletes Welcome!

Offers for Visiting & Resident Athletes

Welcome to Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA home to an abundance of national and international sporting headquarters. As a community that truly welcomes athletes, we are proud to offer the “Athletes Welcome” program to credentialed athletes here for official training and/or competitions. Simply show your credential bearing the Colorado Springs Athletes Welcome mark and receive the below offers. It is our way to share our beautiful city and invite you to stay long and often. Check back frequently as we will update available offers. Enjoy Colorado Springs, and thanks for visiting. Stickers are available through the City of Colorado Springs, Olympic Training Center Athlete Center or local National Governing Bodies. For questions, please call 719-385-5255.

Attractions

Cave of the Winds

10% off the Discovery Tour, Lantern Tour and the Outdoor Attractions. Please use code OTC2017.Cave of the Winds logo

ADVENTURE, INSIDE AND OUT. Discovered in 1881, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park has been a must-see Colorado Springs attraction for travelers for more than a century. We’re one of the premiere show caves in the United States – and, at 7,000 feet, we’re also one of the highest! Choose from three tours, enjoy spectacular scenery, daring attractions and rides, family-friendly and kid-friendly activities atop breathtaking Williams Canyon. From mild to wild, exploring and soaring, we’re the perfect Colorado experience inside the mountain and out! Don’t forget to check out the TERROR-dactyl while you are here.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Free gallery admission to athletes and trainers

(719) 634-5581

30 W Dale St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Discovery Center

Buy one entry, get one entry free!

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's first and only dedicated space, science and technology center and museum. It is an interactive, education focused destination that advances science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

A special entry rate of $8.50 per person

Explore the fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs. The magic and mystery of the Native American culture is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Pikes Peak America's Mountain

Pikes Peak America's Mountain logoCredentialed Athletes and their guests will receive the group discounted toll rate. Credentialed person must be present at the Gateway.

Summit House Gift Shop: 2ea free donuts by Aramark

Few places in the world so grand in scale are also accessible to experience first-hand. The safe, scenic 19-mile highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. Along the way, discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing (May-Oct), picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views.

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame & MuseumPro Rodeo Hall of Fame logo

$3 off regular adult/senior admission.

The colorful history and equally colorful legends of professional rodeo live on at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.  Experience preserves of professional rodeo, its history, and the legends who have made rodeo what it is today! Allow at least an hour to tour the whole museum.

Sertich Ice Center

Conveniently located in Memorial Park, this indoor ice rink offers year round skating. Featuring an NHL size ice surface, this 35,000 square ft. municipal rink strives to provide ice time for all ages, ability levels and ice disciplines.

Credentialed Athletes will receive ½ price admission to all public skate, free skate and public hockey sessions.

1705 East Pikes Peak Avenue
(in Memorial Park, Corner of Pikes Peak and Union)
COS  80909

Call 719-385-5983 for Schedules

Valley Hi Golf Course

Valley Hi Golf Course offers a wonderful scenic view of Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain. The 18-hole, par 71 course offers some of the most quality manicured greens in the area. The course features a few well-placed bunkers and lakes to add to the fun. We have a full-service golf shop that includes all the latest equipment, apparel, and lesson programs at the lowest prices in the Pikes Peak region. After a round of golf, visit the Valley Pub and Grill, a full-service restaurant and a great place to wind down.

Credentialed Athletes receive a 9-hole round of golf with cart for $19.00.  Tee times can be reserved in person or by telephone up to seven days in advance.

Located at 610 S. Chelton, COS 80910

Call 385-6963 for tee time reservations.  

Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday after 2:00pm 

Western Museum of Mining & Industry

Buy one, get one free admission

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI) is the Museum That Works!

WMMI is a non-profit museum with a mission to preserve and interpret the rich mining history of Colorado and the American West! The exciting history of mining is brought to life through a variety of exhibits complete with daily guided tours included with admission.Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (719) 488-0880 

World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

Free Admission

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Have you ever seen an Olympic gold medal in person? The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame has several on display, including gold medals won by Kristi Yamaguchi, Tara Lipinski and Scott Hamilton. The two-floor museum features costumes worn by Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, an original Andy Warhol painting of Dorothy Hamill and so much more. The only museum of its kind, you’ll be surprised to see just how much figure skating history you know! Contact: 719-635-5200. 

Restaurants

Antlers Hotel

20% OFF All Dining Outlets in Antlers; excludes Alcohol

  • Antlers Grille
  • Starbucks (opening in July)
  • Piccadilly Bar
  • Sportivo Primo
  • Ducas Neapolitan Pizza

4 S. Cascade Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Balanced Rock Café

BOGO entrees (of equal or lesser value)

Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 719-685-9045

Flatirons Grill

Credentialed Athletes Receive BUY ONE – GET 2ND ONE HALF OFF DISCOUNT 

Large groups receive 10% off the food portion of their bill

Enjoy great food and great wine at Flatiron’s American Bar &Grill, located just south of the Broadmoor Town Center. Our menu features a juicy marbled flatiron steak, spicy pork street tacos, cedar plank salmon and many other mouth-watering entrees.

2540 Tenderfoot Hill St Colorado Springs, Colorado

(719) 576-2540

Inertia Coffee Co

12% off all purchases for Credential Athletes and Olympic Staff!      

Veteran owned local coffee roaster. Two COS locations: 4650 N. Nev. Ave. & 1807 N. Union Blvd.

Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Theatre

Iron Springs Chateau logoCredentialed athletes receive 10% off total bill for dinner and show or show only.

The Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater provides evenings of hilarious comedy and quality entertainment. Boo the Villain! / Cheer the Hero!  Good old-fashioned fun for the entire family!  Come join us for an evening that begins with our three-course meal and the Melodrama immediately following (audience participation is strongly encouraged).  After the melodrama, join in a sing-along intermission and Vaudeville-style musical review.

The Iron Springs is located at the base of Pike’s Peak and provides daytime parking for the Incline. Incline Parking is  $1.00 off each time you park for the incline. Hours are 6AM to 5PM.

Reservations Strongly Encouraged 

Parking Reservations

Jose Muldoons

Credentialed Athletes Receive BUY ONE – GET 2ND ONE HALF OFF DISCOUNT

Large groups receive 10% off the food portion of their bill

José Muldoon’s has been a staple of the Springs’ downtown scene for nearly forty years. The menu features authentic Mexican & Tex Mex fare, signature margaritas and a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and vegetarian entrees.

222 N. Tejon St Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

(719) 636-2311

Josh & John’s

10% Off Total Bill / one regular priced item

Naturally Homemade Ice Creams 

Locations -

Downtown – 111 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 80903

Mtn. Shadows – 6896 Centennial Blvd. 80919

Kawa Coffee

Athletes receive 20% off entire order

Phone: 719-473-5292

Address: 2427 N. Union Boulevard, Colorado Springs CO 80909

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kawacoffeecs

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kawa_coffeecs

La’au’s Taco Shop

Buy one get one free on any Tacos, Burrito, Bowl or Salad

La’au’s Taco Shop serves up fresh, healthy Hawaiian-inspired fare in a relaxed atmosphere (and spacious outdoor patio) nestled in the heart of Colorado Springs.

Mackenzie's Chophouse 

Credentialed Athletes Receive BUY ONE – GET 2ND ONE HALF OFF DISCOUNT

Large groups receive 10% off the food portion of their bill

Located in the Historic Alamo Building, MacKenzie’s has been Colorado Springs’ premier dining destination since 1997. For lunch, dinner or a private party, our freshness and quality fulfill your highest expectations with our friendly, yet upscale, contemporary style.

128 S Tejon St Colorado Springs, Colorado

(719) 635-3536

Nourish Organic Juice

15% off one item

303 East Pikes Peak Ave., COS 80903

719-634-5686

Old School Bakery

Buy one get one free breakfast item of your choice (served daily from 7-11am)

Our baked goods are handcrafted, made with only the finest ingredients.  Fill your belly with our sweet treats or our full café menu of hot breakfast options, sandwiches, salads and soups, plus shareable snacks.

Over Easy A Daytime Eatery

Over Easy adds a fresh twist to breakfast and lunch favorites using local, organic ingredients in favorites like Gourmet Pancakes, Eggs Benedict Selections, Breakfast Quinoa, Natural Juice Blends and more. Voted Best Breakfast Restaurant in Colorado Springs.

Offer: 30% off food only for credentialed athletes

Facebook: 3 Locations

Twitter: www.twitter.com/overeasyco/

The Perk Downtown

Buy one coffee, tea, or non-alcoholic drink - get one free

14 S Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO

719-635-1600

Principal’s Office

Buy one get one free on any coffee, tea or non-alcoholic beverage

With exceptional seasonal and estate coffee varieties from around the world to original cocktails prepared with freshly squeezed juices, The Principal’s Office is up to something good.

Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill

Salsa Brava adds a fresh twist to Mexican favorites featuring seasonal, Colorado-proud ingredients. Voted Best Mexican Restaurant in Colorado Springs since 2011

Offer: 30% off food only for credentialed athletes

Facebook: 3 Locations

Twitter: www.twitter.com/salsabrava_co/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/salsabravaco/

Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill

Sonterra Innovative Southwest Grill elevates local cuisine by featuring Colorado-proud, seasonal ingredients with inspiration from the spirit of the American Southwest. Voted Best Chef and Best Happy Hour in Colorado Springs.

Offer: 30% off food only for credentialed athletes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sonterragrillcoloradosprings/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sonterragrill/

Instagramwww.instagram.com/sonterragrill/

Retail and Services

Borealis Fat Bikes

25% off and free shipping.  

Created right here in Olympic City USA, Borealis Fat Bikes is the premier fat bike and fat mountain bike in the country. 

Elevation Hydration

20% off for members

Contact: Corey Brown

719-428-5018

info@hydratetoelevate.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/elevationhydration

Instagram: www.instagram.com/elevationhydration

Lady Godiva Hair Studio

15% off services

Locally owned and located in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lady Godiva salon has been serving the Colorado Springs area for over ten years. We love what we do and it shows. From our warm and welcoming environment, to our outstanding service, you will be surrounded by artistically inspired people that have a true passion for our industry. Our work is guaranteed 100%.

Levity Float Center

10 percent off all float therapy packages and memberships

Float therapy is a 100 percent natural recovery option that offers restoration of the mind, body and spirit. One hour in the float pod is equivalent to four hours of restorative rest. 

Call: 719-466-6801

Terra Verde

10% OFF your entire purchase for credentialed athletes (cannot be combined with other offers)

Terra Verde has been downtown’s destination boutique for over 25 years, featuring contemporary clothing, accessories, jewelry and gifts. Come explore!

208 N. Tejon Street (719) 444-8621

Title Nine

Credentialed athletes: 9% OFF PURCHASE

210 N. Tejon Street COS 80903 (719) 227-3674

 

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Business Participation 

We are Olympic City USA. Join us! 

Welcome Training Athletes & Olympic Alumni to your establishment

  • Through the Athlete Concierge Program, we will promote discounts and offers to both training athletes and coaches and  local resident Olympic Alumni, encouraging them to visit your place of business
  • We will disseminate a sticker to be placed on their Athlete ID card. This can be displayed to the merchant just like a military ID.
  • In return for your support, we will communicate to athletes that use of this discount card is a show of support for their training, and we will encourage them to tweet, pose for photos, etc. This is optional for the athlete.
  • Your business will receive an ATHLETES WELCOME Colorado Springs decal for your front window,
  • Showing our community that you support our culture.

*Subject to USOC Sponsor guidelines and approval

Share the Inspiration

  • In an effort to show further proof to our residents that we are activating as Olympic City USA, we will promote your participation in the movement.
  • As a partner merchant, we will also keep you updated on athlete appearances, media hits and other events in our city, including athlete visits.
  • You will have the opportunity to edit and renew your participation bi-annually.
  • Non-commercial events and/or community events may be eligible to receive or Fund an athlete appearance via the Olympic City USA task force. (Please note, some commercial restrictions apply.)

By showing your support for the thousands of athletes who come here to train, you help further the message that Colorado Springs IS Olympic City USA, and you provide a welcoming message to the athletes and coaches who come to our city from across the nation and the world. Thank you.

FAQs for Participants

How Many Cards will you distribute?

The goal this year is 10K cards

Who will receive them?

We expect the breakdown to be:

  • 500 Olympic Alumni (Ages 30+)/team staff
  • 9000 Athletes (Ages 18-30)
  • 500 Coach/Staff Members (Ages 25-55)

How many businesses will participate?

30-60, including a mix of dining, service and recreational establishments

How will cards be distributed?

Our partners at the Olympic Training Center and City Staff

** Can I promote my business’s involvement? **

Yes, you can promote your business as part of this City program. Please note, you MAY NOT use Olympic terminology or marks in this promotion, as those are tightly restricted and trademarked.

Can I quit the program or change my offer?

Yes. We will ask for re‑registration every year.

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Sign me up! 

Pledge your participation in the Athlete Welcome! program. Email the following information to Jamie Fabos at jfabos@springsgov.com.

  • Business Name
  • Contact Person
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Offer (i.e. buy one entree, get one half off)
  • Facebook account
  • Twitter account
  • Instagram account
  • How many decals do you need?
  • Please attach a .pdf or .jpg of your logo to your email.

Olympic City USA Facts

  • Over 10,000 athletes—Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year
  • Colorado Springs is the proud home of the United States Olympic Committee's headquarters
  • 23 Olympic National Governing Bodies of Sport are headquartered here.
  • The Olympic & Paralympic movements employ 2,100 people in Colorado Springs
  • 130,000 people come to tour the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year.
  • In 2019, the nation’s only U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum & Hall of Fame will open near downtown. The Museum is expected to draw over 350,000 visitors per year.
  • 82 Olympians call Colorado Springs home. There are 265 Olympians living in the state of Colorado
  • Over 10,000 athletes train at the flagship U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year.
  • The U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team spent the 2016 lead-up in residence at the U.S. OTC
  • In 2010, sports science experts from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center worked with Colorado Springs Firefighters on endurance training. CSFD helped the USOTC demolish unwanted buildings as a training exercise
  • Colorado Springs is home to 160 miles of park trails and 105 miles of urban trails
  • Colorado Springs’ elevation is 6,035 feet, making it an ideal altitude training location
  • 626,000 people have climbed the ultra-challenging “Incline” - a local favorite hiking trail composed of an abandoned cog railway track scaling part of Pikes Peak
  • Colorado Springs boasts 9,000 acres of parkland, used regularly by training athletes.
  • Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in Colorado population-wise, and the largest geographically.

Civic Partners

Nine currently-serving Colorado Springs Police Officers trained at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in a variety of sports. Tactical Enforcement Officer Adam Wheeler won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Officer Clifton Sunada was a 1996 Olympian and won a silver medal in Judo at the 1991 PanAmerican Games. His brother, Officer Clayton Sunada, also trained in Judo.

Officers Chris Burns & Deidra Worley are School Resource Officers for CSPD – both trained at the U.S. OTC in Judo before working with local youth in Colorado Springs. Three members of the CSPD – an officer, a sergeant and a lieutenant, trained in International Shooting at the USOTC before joining the police force. CSPD Officer Steve Pugsley has twice escorted the Olympic torch He has also done this with the PanAm Games and is waiting to see if he is selected this year to be part of the security team for the Rio Torch Relay.