San Diego Home to Only Year-Round Olympic Training Center


The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is the only U.S. Olympic Training Center in the United States open year-round for athlete training. There are two other Olympic Training Centers operated by the United States Olympic Committee, one located in Lake Placid, NY and the other in Colorado Springs, CO . The one in Lake Placid, home of two prior Winter Olympics, hosts many Winter Olympic athletes while the one in Colorado Springs offers high-altitude training.

The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is open year round and offers facilities for nine Olympic Sports, including Archery, Kayaking, Cycling, Field Hockey, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field. The Center also hosts other Olympic team members in need of general conditioning while their hometowns endure tough weather conditions or when they need to avoid distractions as they prepare for events.

The Chula Vista Olympic Center is in the far east side of Chula Vista, next to Otay Lake. When I first visited ten years ago, the Center was in the middle of nowhere. Now, you drive by bustling residential communities and retail centers on your drive out to the Olympic Training Center. There is also a nearby Home Depot, an official sponsor of the USOC, where many of the athletes work in between practices.

If you took a tour during the early days of the Olympic Training Center, it is worth making another visit to see the new additions. Free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 1:30PM. If you can’t make it at those times, complimentary self-guided tours are available from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, seven days a week. For more information call the Copley Center at (619) 482-6222.

Directions from Google Maps. The Olympic Center is about 30 minutes southeast of downtown San Diego.

Nearby Food: There are several Retail Centers along Olympic Parkway as you head east to the Olympic Training Center including the new Otay Ranch Town Center (about 4 miles west). Restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, and Chili’s.

Notes: Wear good walking shoes and be aware it can be quite hot during the summer months. It is often 10 – 15 degrees warmer at the Center than along the coast.

Lower Otay Reservoir – Information regarding the lake adjacent to the Olympic Center. It’s nice to take a drive along the lake as the location is remote and relaxing.

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