Colorado Springs is the home of one of three Olympic Training Centers in the United States. The others are in Chula Vista, California and Lake Placid, New York. There are also fourteen Olympic Training Sites. The United States Olympic Committee is also headquartered in Colorado Springs as are many of the US governing bodies of the various Olympic sports.
We took a free guided tour of the training center. Our tour guide told us that training at 6,500 feet above sea level with its thin atmosphere the bodies of athletes actually grow more capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels to try to bring more oxygen to the muscles, which is of great benefit when the athletes return to nearer to sea level conditions. Let’s see how the training at these altitudes has affected us.
Pretty impressive, eh?