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How Colorado Springs Became The Heart Of The U.S. Olympic Movement [Slideshow]

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In the 1970s, a fierce power struggle over the future of amateur sports landed the U.S. Olympic Committee in a Cold War-era ballistic missile monitoring station in southern Colorado. That spawned a cottage industry today worth an estimated $215 million a year. With the summer Olympics around the corner, we delve into the story behind the city cultivating America’s top athletes.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Image: Flickr user Amy the Nurse; 02 / Image: Flickr user Mark Shaiken; 03 / Image: Flickr user Wounded Warrior Regiment; 04 / Image: Flickr user Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III; 05 / Image: Flickr user Wounded Warrior Regiment; 06 / Image: Flickr user Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III; 07 / Image: Flickr user Mark Shaiken; 08 / Image: Flickr user Tim Hipps; 09 / Image: Flickr user TSgt Samuel Bendet; 10 / Image: Flickr user Tim Hipps; 11 / Image: Flickr user Scott Schmidt; 12 / Image: Flickr user Ernie Reyes;

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