Today marks the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games with an opening ceremony full of dazzling sights and sounds (and I hear James Bond and Harry Potter might make an appearance). While most of us can’t make it to London, you can still catch the Olympic excitement in San Diego. Catch a family-friendly viewing of the opening ceremony along the water, or see where 80 Team USA Olympians trained (which amounts to about 1 in 5 of the US Olympic athletes trained in San Diego!) at the Olympic Training Center.
Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party
Tonight, climb aboard the USS Midway for a free viewing of the Olympics Opening Ceremony starting at 6:30 PM. During the festivities, visitors will enjoy the following activities:
- Scheduled appearance by BMX Olympic team
- Olympic archery athletes conducting archery demonstrations
- Paralympic soccer team hosting juggling contests for kids
- Autograph and photos sessions
- Interactive displays and activities
- Two giant screens to watch the opening ceremonies in London
- Typical British fair and drinks for sale!
- And much more!
Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
Take a peek inside what it takes to train US Olympians at the Olympic Training Center in South Bay’s Chula Vista. The combination of San Diego’s near perfect year-round weather and open space made for the perfect spot to build a facility for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon and cross-training for various winter sports.
During the week, visitors can take a self-guided walk down the mile-long Olympic Path with a printable map or by using a cell phone. Guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 11:00 AM.
In the comments below, tell us about your favorite Olympic sport…