More short-sightedness in this community. Charity Navigator, an independent non-profit organization that rates other charities' effectiveness says that 76.2% of the USOCs expenses go to athlete programs. They give them 3 out of 4 stars.
Hundreds of amateur athletes from around the country and the world come to the Training Center every year for training and competitions. So do their coaches and, sometimes, their parents. This includes paraplegic athletes, many former service members. All of them spending money in this community. Athletes who train at the OTC often end up moving to the Springs permanently. Oooh. Tax dollars and other money spent here. The OTC also attracts tourists. You guessed it. Money spent here.
Sports Medicine and Sports Performance departments help all kinds of athletes with better training methods, the best nutrition for their sports, ways to recover from injuries quicker. All kinds of neat stuff that helps people from all over. Including Colorado Springs.
FYI, the money from NBC goes to the IOC and is then distributed among all the national Olympic Committees around the world. The USOC gets under 13%.
The Michael Phelpses and Apolo Onos are the minority--and that money goes to them, not the USOC. Most athletes who train at the OTCs, including the few who actually make it to the Games, don't get endorsement deals.
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