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The rest of the nation knows Colorado Springs as a sports mecca, from the Olympics to mountain biking to ice hockey. Locals, however, may be unaware of the full extent of the city’s sports connection, from youth soccer to annual championships involving teams from around the world. This story gauges the economic impact of the… Continue Reading Ka-ching! When athletes hit town, the dollars follow

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USOC chief operating officer Bellingham to leave

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Norm Bellingham is leaving the U.S. Olympic Committee after more than four years as chief operating officer. Bellingham, a former Olympic kayaker who was one of the few executives to stay in place during the USOC’s recent turnover at the top, had previously served on the board of directors and on the Athletes’ Advisory Council.… Continue Reading USOC chief operating officer Bellingham to leave

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Springs to host USOC Coaching Conference

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The US Olympic Committee announced today that Colorado Springs will host the 2011 National Coaching Conference. Coaches, teachers and sports science professionals from around the country will gather at the Antlers Hilton hotel from June 22 – 25 for the event. “This conference will mark a tipping point by providing the opportunity for all the… Continue Reading Springs to host USOC Coaching Conference

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A recent Deloitte report on the economic impact of the U.S. Olympic Committee on the Pikes Peak region included some impressive and well-publicized figures. According to the study, the USOC and 22 National Governing Bodies located in Colorado Springs account for 2,158 jobs, $215 million in yearly spending and earnings, brought 111,000 tourists to the… Continue Reading USOC branding potential for city ‘largely untapped’

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Warrior Games nabs ‘Best New Sports Event’

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SportsTravel magazine named Colorado Springs-based Warrior Games the Best New Sports Event, today at the TEAMS 2010 Conference and Expo in Charlotte, N.C. In May, 189 wounded, injured and ill servicemen and servicewomen from all five branches, competed in the 2010 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. “We are pleased to recognize these superior sporting events. Each of the… Continue Reading Warrior Games nabs ‘Best New Sports Event’

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Late last month, the USOC released a report titled,” The Economic Impact of the United States Olympic Committee and Related Sports Organizations on the Pikes Peak Region.” Continue Reading Olympic Committee’s economic study left out a lot

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Time to make up with the Olympic Committee

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After reviewing the results of an economic impact study that shows how much the USOC contributes to the city, it might be time to forgive and forget. Continue Reading Time to make up with the Olympic Committee

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USOC won’t create central list of banned coaches

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The U.S. Olympic Committee will “encourage” but not require sports’ national governing bodies to adopt standardized policies to prevent abuse. A report released Tuesday by a 10-person task force does not recommend setting up a centralized database of banned coaches to keep offenders from jumping from sport to sport. Four-time Olympic cross country skier Nina… Continue Reading USOC won’t create central list of banned coaches

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Last week’s 2010 U.S. Olympic Assembly generated news on several fronts. First, the Board of Directors for the U.S. Olympians Association passed an amendment to include Paralympians as part of its organizational membership. The move not only expands the organization’s membership, but also brings with it a name change: U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association. The… Continue Reading U.S. Olympians Association now includes Paralympians

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Olympic-related organizations and businesses pumped $215 million into the local economy and employed more than 2,100 people in the Pikes Peak region last year. The U.S. Olympic Committee commissioned auditing giant Deloitte to conduct the research and released its findings today. Key findings include: The USOC and Olympic National Governing Bodies employ a combined 719… Continue Reading Olympic sports, businesses generate $215 million for local economy

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