06.17.15 US Olympic Training Complex AND Garden of the Gods

22800_10152913697526198_5636189900868181414_nWednesday, June 17, 2015 – Today’s adventure took us to the US Olympic Training Complex and the Garden of the Gods.

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 us_olympic_training_centerfacilities 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.20150617_153417 20150617_153517 20150617_154427 This is the Olympics Hall of Fame museum where we played around a bit!

20150617_154741 20150617_154859 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.

20150617_155031 Our visit began with a video presentation showing highlights of USA athletes from the Sochi Winter Olympics and the London 2012 Summer Olympics.  I snuck a few pictures during the presentation!

20150617_15463720150617_160415 20150617_160517 20150617_160949The video was followed by a walking tour of the complex.  During the tour we saw:

The shooting training center

20150617_161841 20150617_162011 20150617_162041The weight lifting training center

20150617_162412The wrestling training center

20150617_162538The swimming training center 20150617_163151 20150617_163228 20150617_163308 20150617_163340The basketball training center

20150617_162808The gymnastics training center where a young boy was getting lessons

20150617_163745 20150617_163756 20150617_163837The athlete’s residence halls and dining room

20150617_162902 20150617_162949Sports medicine and sports science center

20150617_164132 20150617_164113 20150617_164110The weight training center and running track for non weight lifting trainees

20150617_164759 20150617_164749 20150617_164727Our guide was very informative and sweet.  The center use to be a military training center but definitely has a USA Olympic look about it now!

20150617_164941Next 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. 20150617_132722Garden 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.

20150617_133418We stopped at the Visitor Center first, got a map and information on what to see, got back in our truck and were on our way to see the sites.

20150617_133733 20150617_133645 20150617_135251It 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.

20150617_140011 20150617_140722 20150617_140627 20150617_140622 20150617_140533 20150617_140350 20150617_140230 20150617_140225 20150617_14154020150617_144147Kissing Camels

20150617_145007This one is a panoramic shot from one of the overlooks.  Click on it to open then after seeing it click the back button to come back to the blog.

20150617_141437The last rock formation we saw was Balanced Rock which Roy was able to crawl up on for these pictures!

20150617_143642 20150617_143650 20150617_143603When on our way out of the park we saw a deer crossing the road.

20150617_144618 20150617_144553A house on the mountain side!20150617_144450 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!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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