Thursday, August 11, 2011

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…

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Olympic spirit, that is. 

We do a lot of traveling with the BLT*, and this past December we had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

*My kids, not the sandwich.

Together with MC's sister and her family, we checked out the entrance area while waiting for our tour to begin.

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{T Bub and Lovely L... Future Olympians?}

This area was filled with items from previous Olympic games  The kids had a blast crawling into a bobsled, checking out actual Olympic torches and trying to mimic all the statues.

Olympic Training Center

For the start of the tour, we were treated to an inspiring video showcasing our Olympic athletes. I'm not gonna lie, I totally teared up.

Yes. I also cry when watching Dumbo.  What’s your point?


The tour guide took us through several training areas where the athletes actually practice and by the dorms where athletes can live year-round.  At the end of the walkway, there was a large glass wall where we could see athletes and trainers eating lunch in the cafeteria. 

T Bub and Lovely L were very interested in the eating area, but that’s probably because we hadn’t fed the kids lunch yet. 

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After the tour, we were allowed to roam the grounds.

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Did you know:  The five interlocking Olympic rings represent the ‘five parts of the world which now are won over to Olympism and willing to accept healthy competition’

Which five parts?  Counting North and South America as one ‘part’ (the Americas) and Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, there are five. 

Sorry Antarctica.  I guess you need to be more ‘willing to accept healthy competition’.  ; ) 


Along both sides of the walkway were signs showing all the sports played in the Olympics.  I really wanted each of the kids to find a sport sign to stand next to so I could take their picture. 

Bitty and Lovely L fought over ice skating and soccer, so they got neither.  I choose for them and you can see by Bitty’s expression that she wasn’t too pleased.

USA  {Yes, these are all winter sports.  It’s what we do in Minnesota.}

Since we always watch {some} of the sports when the Olympics are on, T Bub and Lovely L were excited to have been where Olympic athletes were practicing. 

Knowing they would see some of them make it to the summer games in London or the winter games in Sochi, they tried to remember the names of the athletes our tour guide had told us were at that facility.

Bitty, on the other land, stayed mad that she didn’t get to stand next to the soccer sign. 

What fun places have you taken your family this year?


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