First stop US Olympic Training Complex:
The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the Olympic Training Center programs.
The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center rests on a 35-acre complex located near downtown Colorado Springs. The center has sport venues and support facilities for fencing, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling. The facility also includes a state-of-the-art sports medicine and sport science center, and an athlete center featuring a dining hall and multiple residence halls. This is the Olympics Hall of Fame museum where we played around a bit!
The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is able to provide housing, dining, training facilities, recreational facilities and other services for more than 500 athletes and coaches at one time on the complex. Athletes are selected to train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center from the top 15% in their sport.
The shooting training center
Next stop was the Garden of the Gods. I believe there is only one God so the Garden’s name goes against that but it was a beautiful drive through the park. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300′ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. This world class Visitor & Nature Center is the most visited attraction in this area. It is a city park so visiting it was free.
It is a beautiful drive with lots of giant red rocks rising up from the earth. I see that in the pictures they do not look the same red they do in person. It was all much prettier than the pictures show.
A house on the mountain side! That’s it for today folks! These two tired old folks are taking tomorrow off from sightseeing. Friday’s adventure will be taking the Cog Railway up to the top of Pike’s Peak where we drove to on Monday. We’ll also be visiting the North Pole where we’ll have fun with Santa!
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