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The Olympic Training Center Chula Vista is the single coordinating body for all sports on the Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American Games programs and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole agency in the United States with the authority for the selection and participation of U.S. teams in the Games. As a non-profit organization, the USOC depends on the generosity of the American public, corporate sponsors, licensees and television revenues to support its programs.
To help American athletes achieve that “winning edge” necessary to succeed in international competitions and prepare for top performances at the Games, the USOC provides complete training facilities at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers (OTCs) in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lake Placid, New York; and Chula Vista, California. The USOC also supports the United States Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where athletes train for high performance while attending school.
In all, the OTCs serve more than 20,000 athletes and their coaches annually from the 45 sports within the Olympic, Paralympic or Pan Am programs. Athletes are chosen to train at the OTCs by their respective sport Federation or National Governing Body (NGB). It is the responsibility of the NGB to coordinate all coaching and technical training support for its athletes using the training centers. The USOC facilitates services include coaching education, sports medicine, and sports science assessment and analysis at the OTCs. The OTCs offer USOC support including housing, dining, training facilities, local transportation, recreational facilities, athlete support and professional development programs.
The Olympic Training Center Chula Vista is the first USOC training center to be master-planned from the ground up and is dedicated to the development and performance of America’s future Olympic athletes. The year-round, warm-weather facility in Chula Vista, California, was a gift to the United States Olympic Committee from the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation, a group of dedicated business and community leaders, and volunteers who raised the funds to build the Center.
The U.S. Olympic Training Center rests on a 155-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County. The Center has sport venues and support facilities for the Olympic sports of archery, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and triathlon.
Through programs developed by the national governing bodies of each sport, an estimated 4,000 athletes each year receive the coaching, support and facilities necessary to be their best. These numbers are increasing each year.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, which officially opened in June 1995, benefits thousands of Olympic hopefuls, and also serves local youth and citizens nationwide. It has been designed to accommodate visitors with self-guided and escorted tours of our state-of-the-art facility at no charge. Thousands of student-athletes and coaches also gain access to the Chula Vista OTC for clinics and competitions when venues are not being utilized by Olympic athletes-in-training.
Copley Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center is open to the public Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Guided tours are available at Saturdays at 11:00 am and at other times when we have a volunteer tour guide available. Maps for self-guided tours are available at all other times during business hours.
Visitors are welcome to take a walk down the Olympic Path. It is suggested to bring comfortable walking shoes, water and sunscreen (full tour is one mile each way). Groups of ten or more (school field trips, clubs or other organizations) must make a reservation by calling 619-656-1500 .
The Olympic Spirit Store is currently closed, but you can still support the US Olympic Team by purchasing gear at www.TeamUSA.org
The Visitor Center is also home to the BMX Hall of Fame. Improvements to the Visitor Center are currently underway. The Conrad N. Hilton “Olympic Path” is an elevated visitor promenade running through the main campus, providing an overlook to all sport venues.
15,000-square foot boathouse includes seven bays used by US Rowing and USA Canoe/Kayak, locker rooms and showers. A 3,000-meter course with submersible lane markers/race course is laid out on Lower Otay Lake, a reservoir.
The Easton Aluminum, Inc. Archery Range:
The 50-lane archery complex is the largest outdoor archery range in North America and has movable targets allowing for training at distances of 30, 50, 60, 70 and 90 meters. The support building includes coaching office, apparatus storage and athlete restrooms.
Emily Hunte Black Athletics Complex:
This complex is a 400-meter, eight-lane, polyurethane running track with a 12-lane, 100-meter straightaway and infield area for jumping events. There is a separate adjacent six-acre throwing area for field events, including hammer throw, javelin throw, shot put and discus. The site includes a large support building and coaching observation tower. The Otay Mountains provide a backdrop and the “Winged Runner” statue provides inspiration.
Alex G. Spanos Field Hockey Complex:
The field hockey complex is an artificial-surface pitch (field) with a watering system to meet international standards. The site includes support building and coaching observation tower.
The Kyocera Soccer Complex:
Four natural grass soccer fields measuring 115 x 75 meters have proved a popular training venue for U.S. National Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams, WUSA teams, and also have hosted competitions and clinics for community participants. In recent years, numerous rugby competitions have also been held on this site, which includes two support buildings with meeting space and athlete locker rooms. Rugby will become an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lane/Kuhn Tennis Complex:
Two hard-surface courts for tennis also provide opportunities for cross training and recreation. The site includes a coaching observation tower.
Douglas F. Manchester Family Cycling Criterium:
The nine-tenths of a mile criterium course at the south end of the campus features view of soccer fields, archery range, Lower Otay Reservoir and the softball complex. The loop provides cyclists and triathletes a training venue for speed work, which opens onto country roadways adjacent to the center for scenic and demanding distance road cycling.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center has a BMX Supercross track which is currently modeled after the Beijing 2008 Olympic track. Beginning in October 2011, the BMX Supercross track will be renovated to mirror the London 2012 Olympic track. The development track is used for future BMX athlete training and competition.
Beach volleyball is the newest venue on the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center campus. The courts were fully completed in July 2010 and have an underground filtration system to keep the sand from getting muddy after any rain. The sand is made up of AVP-grade ultra-fine and perfectly round sand granules.
A venue for USA Softball is at the Olympic Training Center and includes a main playing field, practice infield, batting and pitching cages and equipment storage unit. The facility was designed to accommodate both the Women’s and Men’s U.S. National Men’s Softball Teams.
Strength & Conditioning Pavilion:
A 3,000 square feet truss-covered fabric building system was constructed at the tennis complex to support an expanded strength and conditioning (weight room) center. Athletes are able to access adjacent tennis court surfaces to perform specialized actives such as agility running and plyometric training.
AT&T Athlete Connections Center:
The AT&T Athlete Connections Center is a lounge area for resident and visiting athletes where they can relax, watch television on one of the big-screen TVs, play video games or use the computers to catch up with friends and family. A pool table and other games are available for athletes to enjoy when they aren’t training or working.
The Athlete Village includes the Athlete Check-In building for registration and administrative offices, the Sport Medicine & Science Center, Athlete Housing and Athlete Dining Hall capable of serving nearly 1,000 meals per day.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center currently has 34 two-bedroom, two-bath suites with a total of 138 beds.
U.S. Olympic Training Center
2800 Olympic Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91915-6000
TEL: (619) 656-1500
FAX: (619) 482-6200