Our Olympic History
Celebrate and reminisce about the Olympic Games hosted in the United States.
The 2016 Olympics are a few short weeks away and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing athletes come together representing their countries at the highest level. This year, the games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with events spread out across the cities. It’s too late to book a trip to Rio for these games but there are plenty of places close to home to learn about the Olympic Games and the USA Teams that you know and love. We’ve found some must-see places you should add to your travel list.
Centennial Olympic Park; Atlanta – Not too far up I-85 from our ATL facility, this park not only represents the 1996 Atlanta Games, but also the milestone Centennial-celebration of the Olympics. The 21-acre park was a major gathering place for visitors and residents during the 1996 games, and has since been redesigned for daily public use. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of when the games were held here. Visit the park on July 16 for a free public celebration.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; Los Angeles – Built in tribute to veterans in 1923, this major sports stadium is the only venue to play host to two different Olympiads (X and XXIII). Today, you can visit the stadium to take in a concert, USC football game or a L.A. Rams game this fall.
Lake Placid Olympic Museum; Lake Placid, NY – Lake Placid is considered America’s Olympic hometown after hosting two Olympiads, including North America’s first Winter Olympics. The museum includes many exhibits including Miracle on Ice, commemorating the “Greatest Sports Moment” of the 20th century as the U.S. men’s hockey team topped Russia for gold.
Team USA Training Facility; Colorado Springs – a visit to the Team USA Training Facility should be on any sports buff’s bucket list! The Olympic Visitor Center hosts approximately 130,000 visitors each year and provides guided tours throughout the year. Of course, no trip is complete without a stop in the Team USA shop to get the proper gear to cheer on your favorite athletes this year!
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