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U.S. Olympic champions tour NORAD facility (video)

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A Team USA contingent including Olympic swimming champions Katie Ledecky and Tyler Clary toured a NORAD alternate command center at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs, Colo., recently.

“Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ledecky said on NBC’s KUSA affiliate.

Ledecky is based in the D.C. area and Clary in Charlotte, but many U.S. swimmers spend weeks in Colorado for high-altitude training every year.

The trip to Cheyenne Mountain was a welcome break from the hard practices at a U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.

“I got to play basketball 2,000 feet under a mountain,” Clary said. “I got to throw rocks at a fake duck in an underground lake. All sorts of crazy things happened today.”

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