Welcome to the first of hopefully many, guest posts by Beck, my son. As part of his homeschooling journey and language arts lessons I am asking him to submit articles to me from time to time as part of his lessons. When he has an article to share on a topic of his choice I plan to share them with you all. This is my way of not only expanding on his writing skills and boosting his confidence levels about his writing abilities but to also teach him the value of a hard earned dollar (he is compensated for his articles). He is learning about the time it takes to not only write a blog article but also research the topic, take photographs, editing behind the scenes, and working within a blog.
Today’s guest post is about his trip to a local Olympic Training Center while he was learning about the Winter Olympics. So, without further ado, here is Beck’s article about the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California…When it comes to the Olympics the stars are the athletes. Since they train all the time then need to have a place to do that. The place where Olympians train is called an Olympic Training Center and recently I got to visit the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The Olympic Committee sets up Olympic Training Centers all over the United States and this Training Center in Chula Vista mostly has summer sports, but I was surprised to learn that Winter Olympians also trained there in their off season. The Olympic Training Center has many special features that help Olympians from all over the country focus on their sports and skills. There are even special dorms that they live in at the Training Center too. You can see a full layout of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California HERE and even hear an audio tour of the facilities HERE.
When we got to the Olympic Training Center I thought it was cool to see the facilities up close.
I also thought that it was cool to see that they have their own lake, right next to the Olympic Training Center! While we took the audio tour it explained that they actually used the lake for water sports like rowing. The lake is also a reservoir that supplies water to the local area. Here you can see the lake behind the track and field and BMX ramps:
The Olympians train for lots of events here at their Training Center. I found out that they train for sports and events like: field hockey, rowing, running, track, softball, conditioning for skiing, archery, and my favorite – BMX biking! They also have place for the athletes to relax and lift weights too. I found out that Lindsey Vonn trains in her off season here. I also learned that some of the events like rowing and field hockey are not individual but are team sports and the entire team lives, trains, and is chosen here. While I was there I got to see a lot of young women’s field hockey players trying out to make the official Team USA Field Hockey Team for the next Summer Olympics! I also got to see a lot of people that I think were also trying out for Archery events too. Even though the Olympic Training Center is open to everyone, there are special paths and places that only Olympians can access and use.
Here is a Field Hockey field:
Here is the Softball field:
Here are some of my favorite BMX bicycling event training areas:
Here are some of the athletes trying out for archery that I saw:
One thing that I didn’t know is that not only are the Olympics important, but also the Paralympics are just as important. Athletes with disabilities can also become experts at their sports and events. The Olympic Committee is not just for the Olympics, but it is also for supporting America’s Paralympians. There are also special facilities that I did not get to see that are dedicated to their sports and events as well. I think it would be neat to see some of their events and will try to watch them on TV this Winter Olympics as well since I am not going to Socchi.
While I was at the Olympic Training Center I also learned about a lot of Team USA and Olympic facts:
- The Olympic Flag is made of six colors. There are five rings of different colors on a white flag. Each color is supposed to represent a continent and the combination of the five rings and the white flag are special because those colors are found in some way or part in every flag of the world. The colors are blue, green, yellow, black and red on a white flag.
- The Olympics are not held in the same place every time and now the Winter and Summer Olympics might not even be hosted in the same country. Some hosting places have been Paris, France; Los Angeles, California, USA; London, England; Lake Placid, New York, USA; Sydney, Australia; and a lot of other places all over the world. The next Olympics will be the Winter Olympics and are being held in Russia in the area of Socchi.
- In 1992 was the last time that the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same year. Now the Winter and Summer Olympics are held every four years but there is two years between them.
- There have been times in history when the Olympic Games were not held because of World Wars, but the hosting countries for those years were given later dates to host their Olympic Games.
Hopefully my visit to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California helps you understand how and where Olympians train for their sports and events.
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