Deseret News: Gold medal adventures

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article published on August 12, 2009 by the Deseret News:

Olympians do it, so why not everyone? Why not … take a long slide, a couple of jumps, a few spins, a flip and put the hands in the air. Then quickly step to the podium for the medal ceremony.

Only in Utah, at all levels, anyway, and only at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.

The Utah Olympic Park is known, obviously, best for the 2002 Olympics. Fourteen Olympic events were held there. Some have carried forward from the Games. Others haven’t.

Those that have carried over have started to attract a range of athletes, from complete beginners to experienced experts. And, they come here from around the world.

Colin Hilton, president/CEO of the Utah Athletic Foundation, overseer of the park, said roughly a third of the daily visitors are from local areas and two-thirds are out-of-state and foreign visitors. They come for a variety of reasons, but most arrive looking for a taste of the Olympics.

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