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Old 05-25-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Olympians train ahead of Summer Games in Colorado Springs

For Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the quest for Olympic gold starts in Colorado Springs -- 6,100 feet above sea level.

There is enough space and resources at the U.S. Olympic Training Center to support 500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes at one time. And there, the term cutting edge isn't just some buzzword or cliche .

"The question that we always ask ourselves is how we can transform this training center into a center that is able to capture information about our athletes without interfering at all in their training," Mounir Zok said.

For these boxers, cutting edge comes in the form of wearable smart technology. Like the sensors they have underneath their gloves that measure the number of punches along with the intensity.

For marathoner Desiree Linden, it's the impact the heat and humidity have on her body. By measuring and assessing her core body temperature, sweat rate and sweat composition, she can figure out what her optimal pacing strategy will be for the marathon race on Aug. 14.

Diet is reflected in their training as well. Some Team USA athletes will consume 7,000 calories a day. Dietitians work directly with the athletes to help them maintain that competitive edge.

"It sounds crazy but sometimes I'm almost too lazy to eat. So it's really great when you have smoothies and some Chobani's. It's really great you can get that nutrition," said Elena Pirozhkova, a wrestler.

Cutting edge training is essential as Team USA prepares to compete against the world's greatest athletes.

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