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

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.

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.

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Emily Badger is a writer in the Washington, D.C., area, where she writes about cities, sustainability, public policy, and strange ideas. She's a contributing writer at the Atlantic Cities and has written for Pacific Standard, GOOD, the Christian Science Monitor, and The Morning News.

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