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Catch the Olympic Spirit in Colorado Springs

Visitors can easily catch the Olympic and Paralympic spirit before or after the Games, cheer on Team USA and spot future hopefuls in the state’s second largest city.

The Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, located just a few miles east of downtown Colorado Springs, is home to thousands of athletes who live and train at the facility on a permanent or temporary basis. Public tours are conducted year-round by USOC Ambassadors for a nominal fee. View athlete training facilities and life-size figures with narrative panels adorning the Irwin Belk Olympic Pathway. 

The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame is the international repository for the sport of figure skating featuring the greatest names in figure skating. The only institution of its kind in the world, the museum is dedicated exclusively to the preservation and interpretation of the history of figure skating. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a figure skater can achieve. The Hall of Fame includes such distinguished skaters as Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Dick Button, Scott Hamilton, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, Midori Ito, Sonja Henie, and Katarina Witt. Visitors are welcome to tour the attraction Tuesday through Friday year-round.

Train like an Olympic Athlete on the Manitou Incline Trail 

What began as a railway to transport material for an old water line, is now recognized as one of the most popular trails in the U.S. Gaining nearly 2,000 feet in elevation over one mile, the Incline is, perhaps, the most unique and challenging trail in the country, attracting runners, Olympians, cyclists and other athletes for the ultimate training experience. The trail is also used by military personnel, student-athletes and weekend warriors. More than anything, the Incline is famous for dishing out a tough workout. 

Olympic Athletes to watch who trained in Colorado Springs during the 2017-2018 season
In the sport of Figure Skating, many athletes call Colorado Springs home. Singles skater, Mirai Nagasu, trains and lives in Colorado Springs full time, while Men’s Single, Vincent Zhou splits his time between Colorado Springs and California. Pairs, Chris and Alexa Knierim, and Ice Dancers, Alex and Maia Shibutani, also call Colorado Springs home.

Both of Team USA Bobsled women’s pilots, Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel-Poser have trained in Colorado Springs leading up to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Push athlete, Lauren Gibbs, has also been training in Colorado Springs in the offseason. Lauren will be pushing with Elana in Pyeongchang. On the men’s side, push athletes Sam McGuffie and Sam Michener trained in Colorado Springs this previous offseason. 

In the sport of Skeleton, both women, Katie Uhlaender and Kendall Wesenberg, have trained in Colorado Springs during the off season. Speedskating athlete, Brittany Bowe, also spent time in Colorado Springs preparing for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training…

Notice: Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to limit exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the facility is closed to visitors…

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World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

World Figure Skating Museum & Hall…

Learn the intricacies of blades and edges; discover how athletes perform jumps such as the Axel, Lutz, and Salchow. Plus, a collection of…

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Manitou Incline

Manitou Incline

Length: 1 mile up, 2.5 miles down Barr TrailTrail Difficulty: AdvancedElevation Gain: 2,000+ in less than one mileRecommended for: hikers…

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