Because we are human beings, we have caught the Olympic bug over here. So we were pretty excited when we saw that Colorado Springs was not only home to the US Olympic Committee, but also an Olympic training center!
There are three training centers for the Olympics. One in San Diego for outdoor summer sports, one in New York for winter sports, and then this one for indoor summer sports.
I loved seeing the olympic pool. If you look to the left, you can see that a swimmer is attached to a wire. It's a pulley system that they use in training. They can set the pulley to a certain speed and then hook a swimmer up to it so they can feel what it's like to go as fast as the world record/a competitor/a qualifying time.
Our tour guide told us a story about 3 teenage boys who were training there. The staff told them that being hooked up to the pulley to go world record speed was kind of like a roller coaster. But since they were going so fast, they ended up swallowing a lot of water and came up coughing and choking. When the last boy did it, they noticed that the line began to slack. Meaning, the kid was, at one point, going faster than world record speed. They thought for sure that there was a malfunction so they sent a report. The report came back showing that nothing was wrong with pulley. Yeah. That teenager was Michael Phelps.
Georgia's favorite training facility was weirdly the weight lifting room... I think I have a few cousins that would be really proud of that. She was so excited about it.
We also saw the indoor shooting range. I don't know why it surprised me that Americans are really good at shooting guns, but it did. I also didn't know that a bullseye is the size of a period.
Outside was full of flags and statues and signs giving history of different sports.
(I should add here that it was really bright outside and I didn't have time to adjust my camera... they told us security was no joke so if you lagged behind you'd get kicked out. Anyway, forgive the glare).
After the tour, we went back inside to check out the Hall of Fame, take advantage of some photo ops for tourists like us, and look at $150 sweatshirts that said "USA"
Outside was this impressive statue, along with some others
and included a medal stand. Georgia reacted appropriately to taking the gold
The whole experience taught us that we are Olympic spectators and NOT Olympians haha