U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

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The U.S. Olympic Complex, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the headquarters for the Olympic Training Center programs and Olympic Committee administration. The OTC aims to provide the best training support services, and build and maintain modern facilities to provide the incentive and means to reach athletic excellence. It seeks to provide world class service and offer an environment for excellence, advancement and achievement. The OTC put emphasis on performance on a daily basis through a focused and energized staff who streamlines costs while expanding services to customers.

As of 1998, 12 USOC member organizations have their national organizations on the US Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs. Another 12 member organizations and two international sports federation are also located nearby the city.

Previously the home of ENT Air Force Base and the North American Defense Command, the Olympic Complex became the official USOC administrative headquarters in 1978. In 1996 and 1997, the USOC officially opened its $23.8 million-Phase II facilities – a modern medicine and sport science center, an athlete center including two residence halls and a dining hall. Through the complex, the USOC provides housing, recreational facilities, dining and other services for about 557 athletes and coaches at one time.

One of the facilities at the U.S. Olympic Center is the 45,000 sq ft aquatic center containing a 50 meter by 25 meter swimming pool. The pool features two moveable bulkheads, 20 25-meter lanes and 10 50-meter lanes, as well as contains 810,000 gallons of water. This facility is mainly used for training and testing the best water polo players and swimmers in the country, as well as by cross-training athletes. Underwater and overhead catwalk cameras are installed inside the aquatic center to enable filming athletes below and above water.

Other facilities include the Olympic Sports Center I, the first multi-sport gym on the Colorado Springs complex. This 59,000 square foot facility has six gymnasiums, which can accommodate the requirements for training for 14 Pan American and Olympic Sports. The Sports Center II has more than 54,000 sq ft of training facilities accommodating nine sports.

The Colorado Springs complex also houses the Olympic Shooting Center, the Western Hemisphere’s biggest shooting facility and the world’s third biggest. The main support facility in the complex is the Olympic Visitor Center, serving the public and offering information about the USOC, the Olympic Movement and the U.S. Olympic Training Centers.

USOC ambassadors conduct free public tours year-round, including a 12-minute film and 45-minute walking tour of the complex. Visitors are able to see various athlete training facilities at the complex, such as the Sport Center Gymnasiums, the Sport Medicine, Coaching & Sport Science and weightlifting and wrestling facilities.

The US Olympics Training Center in Colorado Spring offers Athlete Service and Life Skills Programs for resident athletes who train and stay in the complex. Since many of the athletes training and staying at the CSOTC travel abroad for various sport competitions, the OTC offers crash courses classes in several languages such as Spanish, Russian and German, as well as travel guides to teams.

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