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Friday, August 10, 2012

Utah's Olympic Venues Continue To Draw Crowds With New Features, Activities

The title of this blog post comes from this Deseret News article about Utah's legacy Olympic venues.

Our state created world-class facilities in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The games went well - they were characterized as one of the most successful Olympics in modern times. And the venues continue to be used for sporting events.

That comes in contrast to facilities at other venues, where many fall into disuse and disrepair .

Below are excerpts from the D-News article.

In contrast, Utah has seen consistent use of its Olympic facilities in the 10 years since the cauldron's flame was extinguished at Rice-Eccles Stadium. According to the Utah Sports Commission, all 14 world-class venues created and enhanced for the 2002 Games continue to be used to host events, elite training and recreational programs.

More than 45 World Cups or championships have been hosted in the State of Utah since 2002, including the Nordic Combined National Championship, which was held last week at the Olympic Park.

Soldier Hollow has added to its miles of cross-country ski trails and transitioned into a year-round resort.

...The (Olympic) park's latest attraction, a set of ropes courses and a 65-foot drop tower, opened this summer and has attracted thousands of visitors.

Olympians regularly train at the Olympic sites and the national governing bodies of the U.S. speed skating team and ski and snowboarding team are based in Utah.

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