Just a quick story about how much I loved and hated Colorado Springs. One of the things I loved about it was the people. I found the best mechanic when I lived there, which was huge when you’re a poor struggling athlete. Josh at Colorado Springs Car Repair was a huge Olympics fan, and it was an honor for him to be able to help us out. I guess it was like he was one of our sponsors. If you need a good mechanic, be sure to check out http://www.coscarrepair.com to get quality work done.
I hated that Colorado Springs was so small. As an athlete at the Olympic Training Center, we always needed some stimulation – work hard, play hard type of mentality. But there really wasn’t any good “action” like you would find in a big city. We had the opportunity to drive up to Denver to party, but then we had to drive back. But if we were with our teammates, we had a good time regardless.
Another think I loved about Colorado Springs was the mountains and fresh air. There have been plenty of big cities – especially in other countries – that were so polluted that the buggers in your nose were even black by the end of the night. Being at high altitude also gave us a training advantage over those who trained at sea level. And you can’t get a better view than America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak.
Another thing I hated was the fact that we had to use the Colorado Springs Airport. Typically, our flights were on United Airlines since United was an Olympic sponsor. That means we usually had to fly to Denver from Colorado Springs which meant a 25 minute taxi for just a 15 minute flight. Sometimes it felt like we could have taken a bus faster than it took to taxi to the runway.
Of course I could go on and on, but for the most part, I loved Colorado Springs for the limited distractions. We were there for only one thing – to win medals – so it was probably good that there was not a lot of night-life for us to goof-off with. We had a pretty solid team too so they would never allow us to get too far off track and quick to remind us why we were there.