The United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum Hall of Fame Festival in Colorado Springs
The stars of the United States Olympic and Paralympic teams both past and present will be shining bright in Colorado Springs this week. Olympic City USA is proud to welcome dozens of Olympic and Paralympic members of the Hall of Fame to celebrate new inductees, mix and mingle with fans and enjoy the brand-new Olympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs. What’s in store for this Hall of Fame Festival? We’re so glad you asked. Check it out!
Meet Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees
Living in Colorado Springs, it’s not unusual to see Olympians roaming around our fair city. getting to meet them and talk with them, however, is a little more difficult. This weekend, however, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum will play host to more than 30 Hall of Fame inductees and you’ll have lots of options to meet them during the festival.
The list of famous Olympians is impressive. No matter what your level of obsession with the Olympics is, you’re going to recognize at least one name. These athletes have defined the spirit of the Olympics and their dazzling feats are still celebrated today. We’ve broken the list down by events and we are absolutely certain you will be stoked when you see who is coming to the festival.
Michelle Dusserre Farrell (1984)
Mary Lou Retton (1984)
Brian Boitano (1984, 1988, 1994)
Peggy Fleming (1964, 1968)
Dorothy Hamill (1976)
Michelle Kwan (1996, 2002)
Track and Field, Olympic and Paralympic
Dick Fosbury (1968)
Bob Beamon (1968)
Amanda McGrory (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
Hunter Kemper (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
Swimming, Olympic and Paralympic
Wendy Boglioli (1976)
Jennifer Hooker (1976)
John Naber (swimming // 1976)
Erin Popovich (2000, 2004, 2008)
Jill Sterkel (1976)
Trischa Zorn-Hudson (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Brandi Chastain (1996, 2000, 2004)
Skiing, Olympic and Paralympic
Tyler Carter (2014, 2018, 2022)
David Kiley (para alpine skiing, para track and field, wheelchair basketball; 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 2000)
Teresa Edwards (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
NBA legend Lenny Wilkens
2002 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team members
Patrick Byrne, Dave Conklin, James Dunham, Sylvester Flis, Lonnie Hannah, Dan Henderson, Chris Manns, Brian Ruhe, Jack Sanders, Patrick Sapp and Josh Wirt
If that star-packed list hasn’t gotten you stoked — which would be shocking — then we think that all of the cool Hall of Fame Festival events might.
Special Olympic-themed Events
In addition to all of the awesome athletes converging on Colorado Springs, there are also multiple cool events happening all weekend.
Saturday, June 25
The event opens on June 25 with a kick-off on the plaza of the Olympic Museum. You’ll get to meet some of the aforementioned athletes and even try out a few different Olympic sports. Highlights include curling, wheelchair basketball and the chance to work out with an athlete. Visitors to the Olympic Museum proper will get to check out the new digital exhibits featuring 2022 Hall of Famers. Those exhibits will be a permanent part of the exhibit you can check out anytime you visit.
There will also be a parade honoring Hall of Famers at 10 a.m. that same day. The parade starts at the Pioneers Museum and runs west along Vermijo Street to the museum. The parade will feature Hall of Famers, Air Force Wings of Blue Parachuters and a flyover provded by the National Museum of World War II Aviation. That’s just day one.
Sunday, June 26
On June 26, festival attendees can try out a free soccer clinic led by the legenday Brandi Chastain at Weidner Field. Participants will get a free t-shirt (as long as supplies last). Wear cleats if you have them and be ready to get an Olympic-level workout.
In the evening the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will join guest conductors Brain Boitano, Dorothy Hamill, Peggy Fleming, Erin Popovich, John Naber and Mary Lou Retton for a free one-hour concert at Weidner Field. Olympic and sports-themed music will fill the air and you are welcome to hang out in the stadium seats or chill on the grass on a blanket. (No chairs on the field, please, we want our Switchback to avoid injuries.)
The evening also offers a screening of LFG, a film about the efforts of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team’s efforts to gain equal pay. Panelists Brandi Chastain and Marlene Bjornsrud will speak on the journey for equity in sports.
Monday, June 27
The final day of the Hall of Fame Festival in Colorado Springs will feature a pop-up film festival in the event space at the U.S. Olympic Museum. The museum will be screening three sports flicks for attendees. The screenings are ticketed and will run you $5 per person. Inspiring films include Positive All the Way (11 a.m.), which discusses the growing Paralympic movement, Waterman (1:30 p.m.), which explores the story of five-time Olympic medalist and Hall of Fame inductee Duke Kahanamoku, and Miracle (6:30 p.m.), which shares the exciting story of 26 hockey players and their quest for greatness.
Check Out the Hall of Fame Festival in Colorado Springs!
Whether you’re an Olympic superfan or just love one or two events, this weekend’s festival in Colorado Springs is bound to be a fun experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to rub elbows with some of the greatest and most memorable Olympic athletes in sports history and experience all the events Olympic City USA has in store for you!