Chula Vista Olympic Training Center Celebrates 20 Years

The Chula Vista U.S. Olympic Training Center (CVOTC) marked its 20th anniversary Sunday with a community celebration featuring lots of fun, heart-pumping Olympic activities.

The 20th anniversary party is being held through 5 p.m. at the center located at 2800 Olympic Pkwy. The event is free and open to the public.

There, guests will have a chance to try their hand at Olympic and Paralympic sports including BMX, archery, field hockey, rugby, beach volleyball, soccer and wheelchair tennis. Guests can also experience running with a blindfold and guide runner like some of the CVOTC’s visually-impaired athletes.

In order to participate in the sporty activities, guests will need to wear closed-toe shoes and sign a waiver, organizers said. That waiver can be downloaded here.

For those more comfortable as spectators, CVOTC resident athletes will take part in Olympic and Paralympic sports demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m. The full demo schedule can be seen here.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event and the on-site Team USA Shop will also be open to shoppers.

Attendees can also enter an NBC 7 contest to win two passes for an exclusive VIP breakfast at the anniversary celebration.

The CVOTC first opened in June 1995. The facility rests on a 155-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Reservoir in San Diego County. It serves as a year-round, warm-weather training center dedicated to the development and performance of America’s future Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The center has sport venues and facilities for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, track & field, triathlon and cross-training abilities for various winter sports.

The center supports athletes chosen to train at the facility by providing housing, dining, local transportation, recreational facilities, athlete services and professional development programs.

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