WHAT THEY SAID: When In Utah, Do As Olympians Do

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article that was originally published in the National Geographic blog, intelligent travel.

Ever wonder what happens to Olympic parks once the medal ceremonies have ended and the Olympic flame goes out? Salt Lake City (home of the 2002 Winter Games) has turned its snow-covered Olympic Park into a tourist attraction, and the park has some cool features we just had to tell you about.

To feel like a true Olympian, you can also speed down a bobsled track at 80 m.p.h. (IT tip: Eat your lunch after you ride “The Comet.”) A trained driver takes three passengers at at time to experience one of the Winter Games’ signature sports. Participants must be over 16 years old, and tickets cost $200 per person (in summer, tickets are only $60 each).

For a less expensive thrill, adrenaline junkies can experience the World’s Steepest Zipline. The Xtreme Zip ($20, meant for riders over 100 lbs.) speeds 50 miles per hour along the K 120 ski jump hill, while the Ultra Zip ($15, meant for riders over 50 lbs.) takes riders down the winter freestyle hill.

Ziplines may not be an official Olympic sport, but we’d like to think that if we practice enough, we can start petitioning for the 2010 games in Vancouver.

Click HERE to read the entire article.


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