The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista (CVOTC) is the first USOC training facility to be master-planned from the ground up and is dedicated to the development of America’s future Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The year-round, warm-weather facility in Chula Vista, Calif., was a gift to the United States Olympic Committee from the San Diego National Sports Training Foundation, a group of dedicated business and community leaders, and volunteers who raised the funds to build the Center.
The Training Center rests on a 150-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Lake in San Diego County. The center has sport venues and support facilities for the following Olympic sports: archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis and track & field.
The CVOTC, which officially opened in June 1995, not only benefits thousands of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, but serves local youth and citizens nationwide. Thousands of student-athletes and coaches also gain access for clinics and competitions when venues are not being utilized by resident and short-term athletes.
Visitors start their experience at the Visitor Center, where they have the opportunity to view an inspirational video featuring the information about our Olympians, Paralympians and the Olympic Movement. Free guided tours are offered to the public on Saturdays at 11:00 am. Complimentary self-guided tours audio tours are available daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The walking tour stretches along the mile-long Olympic Path with excellent vantage points of all training venues. If you have more than 15 people in your group, please call the Olympic Training Center (619-656-1500) at least two weeks in advance to reserve a tour for your group, team or school. Beginning in June 2012, the Visitor Center features a Team USA Shop with an extensive line of official USOC merchandise.
When athletes arrive at the Training Center, they register at the Athlete Check-In building, which also houses the Center’s administrative offices. In the Performance Services facility, athletes receive medical care, consult with experts and partake in sport science evaluation or psychology exercises. Meals are provided in the architecturally distinctive Dining Hall, where athletes are offered a wide selection of nutritious, performance-based meals. At the end of a long day of training, athletes make one of 34 two-bedroom suites their home-away-from-home. Two nearby fabric-covered truss pavilions house the Strength & Conditioning Center and the AT&T Athlete Connections Center, an athlete lounge complete with computers, televisions, billiards tables and gaming systems.
The 50-lane archery complex has movable targets allowing for training at distances up to 90 meters. This is largest outdoor archery range in North America and hosts Paralympic, Olympic and club-level archers.
With the Otay Mountains as its backdrop and under the watchful eye of “the Winged Runner” statue, sits the 400-meter, eight-lane running track with a 12-lane, 100-meter-straight-away and a separate six-acre throwing area for field events.
The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center has two BMX Supercross tracks – a replica of the Beijing 2008 Olympic track and a new replica of the London 2012 Olympic track. Near the Visitor’s Center, there is also a development BMX track, which is used for future BMX athlete training and competition.
Boathouse on Lower Otay Lake
A 3,000-meter rowing course with submersible lane markers is laid out on the Lower Otay Lake to accommodate athletes training in sweeps and sculls.
The cycling criterium course is nine-tenths of a mile in distance and provides cyclists with a training venue for speed work. It opens onto the country roadways adjacent to the Center for scenic and demanding long distance training.
Field Hockey Complex
Field hockey athletes train on an artificial surface (pitch) complete with a watering system to meet international standards. The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey team calls this facility home.
Soccer and rugby athletes train on four-grass fields measuring 115 x 75 meters. In addition to providing training for elite athletes, the soccer fields have also been the site of action-packed competition and clinics for community youth.
The softball venue includes a main playing field, practice infield, batting and pitching cages and an equipment storage unit.
Two hard-surfaced tennis courts are available to athletes and also present an area for cross training and recreation.
From I-5, take 54 East to either the Southbay Expressway 125 (toll road) or I-805 South and exit Olympic Parkway. Head east and drive approximately three miles from the 125 toll road or eight miles from the 805 freeway and turn right into the Visitor Entrance located at 2800 Olympic Parkway.