COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today launched an interactive website that will showcase the rare torches, medals and other artifacts housed within the Crawford Family U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Archives. Previously unavailable to the public, this unique virtual experience allows fans to explore the history of the Olympic and Paralympic movements at TeamUSA.org/Archives.
The first of three exhibits to roll out in the digital archives is a nearly-complete collection of Olympic medals. Dating back to the birth of the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 all the way to the PyeongChang 2018 Games, fans can view more than 150 Olympic medals – gold, silver and bronze from each Games – and learn more about each medal’s design and history. Slated to unveil next year will be exhibits featuring a complete collection of Olympic torches and participation medals.
“We are thrilled to be able to share these treasures with the public in order to teach fans more about Olympic and Paralympic history and to inspire them on their own journeys,” said Teri Hedgpeth, director of the archives. “The USOPC thanks the Crawford family for their generous gifts and ongoing support of this initiative, and for allowing us to showcase this incredible collection for the world to see.”
The Crawford Family U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Archives boasts one of the largest collections of Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia in the world. Established in 2012 through a transformative gift from Gordy and Dona Crawford, the archives occupies a state-of-the-art space at the USOPC headquarters in Colorado Springs. The 5,045-square-foot facility contains nearly 11,000 Olympic and Paralympic artifacts, including ceremony and sporting uniforms, images, documents, pins, medals and more. In addition to preservation, the archives serves as a repository for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic artifacts and a resource for historians and researchers.
“When I first began collecting, it was for personal enjoyment,” Crawford said. “That the American public can also find joy and inspiration in these objects now is incredibly rewarding. I hope that my collection can encourage even more Americans to support the incredible athletes of Team USA, whether as a fan of the Olympic and Paralympic Games or by contributing philanthropically.”
Crawford also serves as the chairman of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation, a position he has held since the foundation’s launch in 2013. The USOPF serves as the sole source of philanthropic resources for the USOPC.
Many of the artifacts featured in the digital archives will be loaned to the new U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, opening in spring 2020 in Colorado Springs. Visit TeamUSA.org/Archives to learn more.
About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.
About the USOPF
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the primary source of philanthropic resources for the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States. All funds generated by the USOPF are transferred to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the sole beneficiary of the foundation. By generating critical financial resources, the foundation enables the USOPC to make investments in areas that promote excellence and innovation for Team USA, on and off the field of play. The USOPF is led by President Christine Walshe, who also serves as the USOC’s Chief Development Officer. Supporting the USOPF and its staff is the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees, headed by Chairman Gordon Crawford.