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Salt Lake's Olympic Venues Continue to Host Events

Published: 01/30/2007

During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Salt Lake proudly welcomed the world in one of the most successful Olympics in history. The Games confirmed that the city and surrounding canyons are indeed a winter sports capital. Since the Games:

• Utah's ski and ski-related lodging industries have enjoyed record-setting years.

• The state has hosted or secured 17 World Cups, U.S. Championships or Olympic trials.

• In addition to winter sports equipment and apparel leaders Marker Ltd., Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., and Petzl America, Utah is now home to Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, Salomon, Suunto, Scott, Goode Ski Technologies and Descent North American, Inc.

• More Olympic athletes than ever are living and training in Salt Lake and Park City.

The Games also left a legacy of brick-and-mortar improvements including a new light-rail line, freeway system, hotels and attractions. The flame still burns brightly at the following Olympic venues, and the world is still welcome here.

Salt Lake Ice Center (EnergySolutions Arena) Home to the Utah Jazz, the EnergySolutions Arena was known as the Salt Lake Ice Center in February 2002, showcasing figure skating and short track speed skating events. Just outside its doors, Salt Lake Olympic Square welcomed more than a million visitors to its pedestrian-only festivities while crowds streamed into the Olympic Medals Plaza each evening for medals ceremonies, concerts and fireworks. A commemorative tower has been erected at the Energy Solutions Arena to celebrate these three venues. For more information, visit www.energysolutionsarena.com .

Utah Olympic Park Site of Nordic ski jumping, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge during the Salt Lake 2002 Games, the Utah Olympic Park now operates year-round as a world-class competition site, training facility and top-notch tourist destination. Any time of the year, visitors can watch Olympic athletes training for Nordic and freestyle aerial events, take a bobsled ride on "The Comet," learn to ski jump, experience the Zip Rider or Quicksilver alpine slide, and enjoy summer ski jumping shows every weekend. The Alf Engen Ski Museum houses a collection of official Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games memorabilia in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center. For more information go to www.utaholympicpark.com.

Utah Olympic Oval Home to the fastest ice on the planet, nine out of 10 world speed skating records were shattered at the Utah Olympic Oval during the Salt Lake Games. Today, anyone can lace up a pair of skates for a whirl on the 400-meter speed skating oval, take advantage of the four-lane 442-meter running track, take a class in figure skating or curling, watch top athletes race, and catch an indoor soccer or hockey game, all at the same time! For more information go to www.utaholympicoval.com.

Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron There is no better reminder of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games than the beautiful "Fire and Ice" Olympic Cauldron. In past Olympic cities, cauldrons have been dismantled and forgotten. The cauldron for the Salt Lake Games stands tall, intact, at the Olympic stadium where it burned as a beacon to athletes and spectators in February 2002. The Cauldron is the centerpiece at Olympic Cauldron Park, opened in 2003. The Hoberman Arch, stage for the Olympic Medals Plaza, and multimedia displays rekindle the flame and spirit of the Games. For more information go to www.saltlake2002.com.

Soldier Hollow Mount Timpanogos created a majestic backdrop for Olympic cross-country events at Soldier Hollow, 45 minutes from Salt Lake. Today, this stunning site offers relaxed summer recreation such as mountain biking and hiking, and several unique summer events, such as the Heber Valley Pow-wow and Mountain Man Rendezvous, the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championships and extreme mountain bike races. For more information go to www.soldierhollow.com.

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