August 14, 2017

Olympic ideals drive a sense of excellence within Colorado Springs

Volleyball players

With the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, 59 national and worldwide sports organizations, and 23 National Governing Bodies of Sport based in Colorado Springs, our city is driven by Olympic excellence. The newest project for the city known as Olympic City USA is an exciting achievement: Colorado Springs officially broke ground on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in June 2017, with construction scheduled to be completed in 2020. This one of a kind museum will commemorate Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes, as well as feature a Hall of Fame. The state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot building will house an interactive exhibit hall, theatre, broadcast studio, café, and retail space.

The USOPC Museum and Hall of Fame bolsters the sense of Olympic excellence in the city, and the USOPC is not the only organization in the city fueled by this goal.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is planning construction of the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center in 2018. The center received $61.4 million in approved spending from the University of Colorado Board of Regents. UCCS will partner with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services for the medical and performance clinics, and together they will attract people from around the country.

As the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and the William J. Hybl Center expand our sports infrastructure, other aspects of Colorado Springs’ sports economy are building upon innovation.

Companies like SRAM and Koobi build state-of-the-art bike components for cyclists. Borealis Fat Bikes, a 2015 Colorado Company to Watch, adds another facet to the biking culture by crafting world-class carbon fiber fatbikes. Additionally, MAXX Sunglasses provides golfers with glare-reducing HD lenses.

While innovative ideas are helping to fuel excellence in sports manufacturing, crossover with the tech sector is ensuring that our sports economy is running at a gold standard. Tech companies creating solutions to organizational challenges include fusesport and R2 sports, which provide online software solutions for sports organizations and associations.

With exciting new developments and an innovative sports economy, Colorado Springs is embracing Olympic excellence.