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Olympic and Paralympic Museum Plans for May Opening Date in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The new Olympic and Paralympic Museum is set to open in May, set next to the America The Beautiful Park.

“The building itself is just short of 65,000 square feet, and about 25,000 square feet of that is exhibit space,” said Brian Tominov, Project Manager, at GE Johnson Construction. "One of the more challenging parts of that geometry has been the diamond metal panels ... on the building. There’s 9,987 of those and not a single one of them is the same shape."

In the entrance, there will be a 40-foot LED wall playing video. There are rooms and galleries dedicated to the Summer Games, Winter Games, the evolution of sports technology, and more.

Visitors will also get to race against some of the world’s fastest athletes in a 30 meter sprint. There are six interactive activities in the building like this. That includes an archery exhibit that tests precision and accuracy.

The museum also features a nearly complete collection of Olympic torches and medals. In addition, the museum will have five-time Olympic champion Bonnie Blair’s speed skates, three-time Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy’s custom snowboard, and 2016 Olympic medalist Emma Coburn’s running shoes. At the end, there is a video in a 145 theater that has been engineered to be completely soundproof.

In February, workers placed the last panel on the outside of the building. The Olympic and Paralympic Museum is planning for a grand opening on May 31 that will be open to the public.

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