6 ways to experience the Winter Games at Utah Olympic Park
“We hope everyone is enjoying the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as we are. Although Utah is a world away we all still remember our 2002 experience and relate with all the excitement and emotions going on there. We found this great article on Yahoo Sports written by Chaffin Mitchell, from AccuWeather, we thought you might love if you’re here in Utah, visiting, or considering moving here”.
If you can’t make the trip to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, experience the excitement of Olympic events closer to home at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.
A popular winter destination, Salt Lake City became internationally known when it hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Located 28 miles east of the city near Park City, the Utah Olympic Park hosted five events during the Olympics.
“The Park is so special because it’s a rarity in the entire world. The venue has been around since before the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and we still operate our sliding track and ski jumps at a world-class level and host international events all the while offering unique activities that the general public can enjoy,” said Kole Nordmann, marketing manager for Utah Olympic Park.
The hills at the Utah Olympic Park recently determined some of the Americans who get to vie for medals in the upcoming games in PyeongChang.
“We aren’t just a training facility for elite athletes. We offer myriad activities and experiences that the entire family can enjoy,” Nordmann said.
Today, visitors can tour the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which includes a ski museum, and you can watch professional skiers practice on the Nordic and aerial jumps. When the skiers are not practicing, the jumps are open to the public.
While some of these attractions are available by purchasing a day pass, the entire park is open to the public to roam and wander the grounds, reliving the Olympic experience. Some visitors might even see an Olympian.
“Some [Olympians] work for our foundation or work as coaches for bobsled, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, aerials and moguls. You really never know who you’ll run into on any given day as they are around all the time,” Nordmann said.
Here is a list of ways to experience the Winter Games at Utah Olympic Park:
Experience a bobsled ride
If you’re into thrills, try the Utah Olympic Park bobsled ride. It is an exhilarating ride on the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track, where Olympians once competed.
It is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of gliding and sliding.
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