Cheer on the Olympians one more time on Main Street


Park City will have its own version of a parade of Winter Olympic athletes next week.

Just more a month after the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, a celebration is planned on Main Street for some of the athletes with local ties who competed in the Games.

A parade down Main Street for the athletes is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30. They will then spend an hour at the Town Lift Plaza posing for pictures and signing autographs for the fans.

An official with the Park City Chamber/Bureau, one of the organizers of the event, said 17 people who competed in the Olympics or the Paralympics are slated to attend. The roster includes medal winners and home-grown competitors.

“You can only imagine it’s probably going to be a pretty big celebration on Tuesday,” said Stephanie Nitsch, who speaks on behalf of the Park City Chamber/Bureau and was involved in organizing the event.

City Hall and the Youth WinterSports Alliance, a not-for-profit group that works with up-and-coming athletes, are also involved in the organizing.

Park City has long been proud of its role as an incubator for Winter Olympians, with many competitors in the 20 years either living locally or spending lots of time in the Park City area training at facilities like the Utah Olympic Park.

The city has had a key role in nurturing Olympians in disciplines like ski racing, freestyle skiing, bobseld, luge, skeleton, ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, a national governing body, is based at Quinn’s Junction. Parkites have “a lot of appreciation” for the athletes, Nitsch said.

“We do have the Olympic blood running through Park City,” she said.

Max Paap, who manages special events for City Hall, said the Police Department will temporarily stop traffic on Main Street and on intersecting streets during the parade. Main Street will not be closed to traffic during the event, however.
There had been talk of an event like the one scheduled next week since just after the closing ceremonies, especially with the United States enjoying its most successful Winter Olympics and Park City having had an important role in the training. United States athletes won 37 medals in Canada, the most of the Games.

“They act as role models and ambassadors to Park City. That encourages locals and even visitors to indulge their inner athlete,” Nitsch said soon after the Games.

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council, meanwhile, recently honored the Park City and Utah competitors with a resolution touting the inroads the United States has made in winter sports.

“It has been awesome to witness our American presence at the Winter Games grow over the years to the degree of excellence to win medals in sports typically dominated by other countries . . . ,” the City Hall resolution said.

According to the Chamber/Bureau, athletes scheduled to attend on Tuesday include:

Shannon Bahrke, moguls
Rebekah Bradford, long-track speedskating
Brett Camerota, Nordic combined
Tucker Fredericks, long-track speedskating
Travis Jayner, short-track speedskating
Anders Johnson, ski jumping
Ted Ligety, skiing
Heather McPhie, moguls
Catherine Raney Norman, long-track speedskating
Steve Nyman, skiing
Nick Pearson, long-track speedskating
Jeret Peterson, aerials
Lacy Schnoor, aerials
Bill Schuffenhauer, bobsled
Greg Shaw, Paralympics sledge hockey
Jeremy Teela, biathlon
Bryon Wilson, moguls

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NOTE: To allow our staff an opportunity to participate in this exciting event, we will be closing the UOP museums at 4:30pm that afternoon. Our last guided tour of the day will be at 3:00pm.


One Response to Cheer on the Olympians one more time on Main Street

  1. Pingback: Park City brings Games back home: Local Olympians and Paralympians parade down Main « The Utah Olympic Park Blog

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