A multimedia display in the passenger terminal of the Colorado Springs Airport that highlights Olympic athletes and competitions is designed to show visitors that the city is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee, 22 Olympic sports organizations and a training center.

The $236,000 display, paid for with airport capital improvement funds and designed by Colorado Springs-based Axio Design, was completed in February and includes a medallion with the committee's logo, banners representing sports and athletes, signs identifying all Olympic and Paralympic sports and signs that proclaim Colorado Springs as the place where 'U.S. Olympic Dreams Take Flight. ' Airport, committee and city officials dedicated the display Friday in a ceremony that included U.S. figure skating champion Rachel Flatt.

The display is set against a backdrop of Pikes Peak and the Front Range taken from paintings by the late local painter Walter Blakelock Wilson, who was on the faculty of the Fountain Valley School.

'We want to highlight (in this display) the unique presence of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs. It is part of a broader effort to transform the airport into a gateway that is truly representative of Colorado Springs, ' said Neil Ralston, the airport's acting assistant director for planning and development. That effort also includes displays that feature the U.S. Air Force Academy in the exit from the passenger concourse and images of local scenery that are displayed in the baggage claim area, both installed earlier this year, he said.

The Olympic, Air Force Academy and local scenery displays all were part of a $21 million project to expand the airport's security checkpoint, install new baggage screening equipment, consolidate the airport's administrative offices and communications center and upgrade dining options near the checkpoint.


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