Get in the Olympic Spirit

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Is all the Olympic theme music blasting from the NBC 7 San Diego newcasts making you feel particularly patriotic? Then we’ve got some places you should check out to get in the Olympic spirit.

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

With San Diego home to dozens of Olympic athletes, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is an athlete hot spot. While it will be relatively empty until the London Games are over, it’s still neat to see where they spent the last few years preparing.

There are free self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the facility located at 2800 Olympic Pkwy. But if you want a pro to show you around, walk in at 11 a.m. to take the one-hour tour. For more information, check out the Team USA website.

Hall of Champions

With three levels of sports memorabilia, you’re bound to see a few former Olympic athletes photos at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. You can check out athletes by sport and classification – including Olympians.

Tickets to the museum located in the Federal Building are $8 for adults and $4 for kids. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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Mission Beach

Beach volleyball on television is certainly action-packed, but if you head to Mission Beach and watch the live games you can also get a tan. The talent might not be as intense as a session with Misty May, but if you get bored the beach is nearby.

There’s also a few basketball courts in the area, so you can practice dunking like Kobe Bryant.
Nets are set up by the south entrance on North Jetty Drive adjacent to the basketball courts.

And of course, the best way to stay in the Olympic spirit is tuning in to NBC 7 San Diego daily to get your dose of local athlete news from our reporter Steven Luke.

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