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August 05, 2016    Featured Story

USA’s Best Athletes are Hitting the World Stage and Here’s How to Try Out Their Favorite Sports

USA’s Best Athletes are Hitting the World Stage and Here’s How to Try Out Their Favorite Sports

NORWALK, CT, August 5, 2016 . . . The world will be watching Rio throughout August as the best athletes compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals, but you don’t have to go that far to get a taste of these summer sports. To help celebrate USA, priceline.com has compiled recommended US destinations, where travelers can spend a day, a weekend or a week introducing themselves to a sport straight from Rio, or checking out first-hand where these athletes train.

Badminton

Bay Area Badminton Training Academy in South San Francisco and Milpitas, CA: At the Bay Area Badminton Academy, visitors can enroll in a class for $35 per session, or sign up for private training sessions running from $90 per person to $40 each for a team of four. For more information: http://badmintonfoundation.org/.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in San Francisco: $203-$375
  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Milpitas: $116-$352

*When to watch the badminton medal events in Rio: August 16-20

Archery

RoadRunner Archery Club, Chula Vista, CA: After touring the official training center, head on over to RoadRunner on Olympic Parkway for a 90-minute archery lesson for two, with equipment, for $35 (through Groupon). Classes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information: http://www.roadrunnerarchery.com/.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Chula Vista: $99-$392

*When to watch the archery medal events in Rio: August 6, 7, 11 and 12

Fencing

Winter Garden Fencing Academy, Winter Garden, FL: Students at Winter Garden learn the right way to fence, including gear, rules, etiquette, moves and strategy. An introduction to fencing class is only $10 and all equipment is provided. For more information: http://www.wgfencingacademy.com/.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Winter Garden: $85-$424

*When to watch the fencing medal events in Rio: August 6-14

Whitewater Kayaking

Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC: Nantahala’s Paddling School offers courses to test and expand all skill levels. The full-day course, including all gear and lunch, ranges from $129.99 to $149.99 per person. Beginner courses begin with instructions on a calm lake and then it’s off to test those skills in rougher waters. For more information: https://noc.com/lessons-training/paddling-school.

  • Nightly rate range for 3-star hotels in Bryson City: $67-$218

*When to watch the kayaking medal events in Rio: August 9, 10, 11, 16, 18 and 20

Diving

Mile High Dive Club, Littleton, CO: Forget the bellyflop and cannonball – impress the pool crowd with a graceful dive. An hour private lesson learning techniques in the club’s gym costs $65 with a staff coach, or $80 with a head coach. Thirty-minute water instructions cost $50 with a staff coach and $55 with a head coach. For more information: https://learntodive.org/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Littleton: $95-$271

*When to watch the diving medal events in Rio: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 18 and 20

BMX Riding

Chula Vista BMX, Chula Vista, CA: Take part in the Intro to BMX clinic and ride the Chula Vista course with its starting hill, straights and berm turns. The cost is $20 per session, and sessions are geared to skill level. It’s $5 to rent a bike and helmet, and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts. For more information: http://chulavistabmx.com/.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Chula Vista: $99-$392

*When to watch the BMX medal events in Rio: August 17-19

See Where the World’s Greatest Athletes Train

Colorado Springs: The flagship U.S. training facility is home for boxing, cycling, gymnastics, pentathlon, judo, weightlifting, wrestling, Paralympic judo and swimming. Tours run from Monday to Saturday and cost $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Colorado Springs: $135-$425

Chula Vista: Home for cycling, beach volleyball, BMX, archery, and strength and conditioning for the athletes. Tours start at $12 per person.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Chula Vista: $99-$392

Lake Placid: The home for bobsledding, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, skeleton and speed skating is where the U.S. men’s hockey stunned the Soviets and went on to gold. Tours costs $10 per person.

  • Nightly rate range for 4-star hotels in Lake Placid: $230-$355

*Hotel rate ranges were shopped for the sample dates of September 9 – 12, 2016. Prices may vary. All rates and availability are subject to change at any time.

 

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