It appears there will be swimming with no water, ski jumping with no snow and the ability to race against a virtual Usain Bolt.
Such are the images coming out of Barcelona, where the 1992 Olympic Stadium and its surrounding area are to be transformed into a sports theme park called “Open Camp.”
First announced two weeks ago, the park is scheduled to open next year. It will include simulators and technology that allow entrants to race against Bolt (or perhaps Justin Gatlin or cheetahs, as in the images below).
It’s competitive from ticketholder to ticketholder, too. There will be award ceremonies with flags and medals and closing ceremonies every night the park is open next summer, according to reports.
To make this happen, 1992 Olympic facilities will undergo a $26 million upgrade, according to the Guardian. Tickets will cost between $37 and $60 with a range of 56 activities to choose from.
Don’t be intimidated, though. The park’s promoter said it’s open to all, “even people with a beer gut.”
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.