Olympic City USA Facts

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  • Over 10,000 athletes—Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year
  • Colorado Springs is the proud home of the United States Olympic Committee's headquarters
  • 23 Olympic National Governing Bodies of Sport are headquartered here.
  • The Olympic & Paralympic movements employ 2,100 people in Colorado Springs
  • 130,000 people come to tour the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year.
  • In 2019, the nation’s only U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum & Hall of Fame will open near downtown. The Museum is expected to draw over 350,000 visitors per year.
  • 82 Olympians call Colorado Springs home. There are 265 Olympians living in the state of Colorado
  • Over 10,000 athletes train at the flagship U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year.
  • The U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team spent the 2016 lead-up in residence at the U.S. OTC
  • In 2010, sports science experts from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center worked with Colorado Springs Firefighters on endurance training. CSFD helped the USOTC demolish unwanted buildings as a training exercise
  • Colorado Springs is home to 160 miles of park trails and 105 miles of urban trails
  • Colorado Springs’ elevation is 6,035 feet, making it an ideal altitude training location
  • 626,000 people have climbed the ultra-challenging “Incline” - a local favorite hiking trail composed of an abandoned cog railway track scaling part of Pikes Peak
  • Colorado Springs boasts 9,000 acres of parkland, used regularly by training athletes.
  • Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in Colorado population-wise, and the largest geographically.

Civic Partners

Nine currently-serving Colorado Springs Police Officers trained at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in a variety of sports. Tactical Enforcement Officer Adam Wheeler won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Officer Clifton Sunada was a 1996 Olympian and won a silver medal in Judo at the 1991 PanAmerican Games. His brother, Officer Clayton Sunada, also trained in Judo.

Officers Chris Burns & Deidra Worley are School Resource Officers for CSPD – both trained at the U.S. OTC in Judo before working with local youth in Colorado Springs. Three members of the CSPD – an officer, a sergeant and a lieutenant, trained in International Shooting at the USOTC before joining the police force. CSPD Officer Steve Pugsley has twice escorted the Olympic torch He has also done this with the PanAm Games and is waiting to see if he is selected this year to be part of the security team for the Rio Torch Relay.