As I am typing, my husband and I have the opening ceremonies on in Tokyo, a ceremony that should have taken place a year ago. This morning, I headed a couple of miles to downtown to snap some pictures at the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum and the surrounding area. As a Colorado Springs native, it is simply mind-boggling to me to think that we live in "Olympic City USA".
As an elementary student, I can remember when the Olympic Training Center opened at a former US Air Force base just a few blocks from my elementary school. For so many years, I didn't think much of it. We still live in the neighborhood and have visited on several occasions. Many years ago, I took a group of students on a tour as one of my student's mom was training in Greco Roman wrestling. Such a unique opportunity! In 2012, President Obama visited the center on his Colorado Springs stop for the campaign.
As the Olympics begin and I think about my hometown, I am inspired to look more closely at the town that I call home.