Brent Bernasconi

Catch Olympic Excitement In San Diego

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!

> Find out More about the Olympics Opening Ceremony View Party on the USS Midway

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center Flame

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.

> Find out more about the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

In the comments below, tell us about your favorite Olympic sport…