Jul 6, 2011 2:24 AM by Lee Douglas/Colorado Springs Sports Sports Corporation
Colorado Springs, - The 10th Annual Rocky Mountain State Games, Colorado's largest multi-sport event for amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels, opens this weekend with 500 swimmers in the water at the Aquatics Center at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The facility is primarily used for training and testing of the USA's finest swimmers and water polo players, but is also utilized by other athletes for cross-training. Olympic champions including Amy Van Dyken, Michael Phelps and Australia's Ian Thorpe have trained at the superb facility.
There is no admission charge for spectators at the OTC swimming events.
The swimming competition at the Rocky Mountain State Games is opening earlier than the event's primary dates of July 22-24 and July 29-31 to avoid conflict with the Colorado Long Course State Championships in late July in Denver.
Rocky Mountain State Games Swimming Schedule
Schedule: Session 1 - Friday PM
Warm-up: 5:00 pm
Meet Start: 5:40 pm
Session 2 - Saturday AM Session 3 - Saturday PM
Warm-up: 9:30 am Warm-up: 2:30 pm
Meet Start: 10:25 am Meet Start: 3:30 pm
Session 4 - Sunday AM Session 5 - Sunday PM
Warm-up: 7:30 am Warm-up: 12:30 pm
Meet Start: 8:30 am Meet Start: 1:30 pm
This year's edition of the state's largest multi-sport event will take place in Colorado Springs primarily on two weekends for the first time, July 22-24 and July 29-31, with 34 sports on the menu for an expected 7,000 competitors.
The Rocky Mountain State Games, presented by AT&T and organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, is a multi-sport festival for Colorado and Wyoming citizens of all ages and athletic abilities, including physically disabled, visually impaired and Paralympic athletes. The Games are recognized by the National Congress of State Games, a member organization of the United States Olympic Committee.
Competition will take place in the Pikes Peak Region at venues including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, United States Air Force Academy, Memorial Park, Fort Carson, Colorado College and other venues in Colorado Springs.
Online registration is open now for all sports.
Athletes may register to compete and get full details at: www.coloradospringssports.org