Festival of Flight at Utah Olympic Park Tomorrow to Honor Memory of Jeret Peterson

Park City, UT – On Saturday, Utah Olympic Park will host the Festival of Flight from noon until the completion of the 5 p.m. Flying Ace All Stars Fre…

via Festival of Flight at Utah Olympic Park Tomorrow to Honor Memory of Jeret Peterson.

Western Day at Utah Olympic Park!

Running with Ed

Stop by Utah Olympic Park today between 8:00 a.m. and Noon to support your runners and the Park City Education Foundation! Music, bouncy houses, kids activities, coffee, food, FUN!

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Utahns named to USA junior luge team

Congratulations to Ty Anderson, Pat Edmunds, Anthony Espinoza, Jake Farquharson, Samantha Carone, and Katy Simi for making the USA Luge Junior National Team.

The following is an article from The Salt Lake Tribune:

Lake Placid, N.Y. • Six young Utah athletes and another with Utah ties were named to USA Luge’s junior nationals teams for the coming year.

Ty Anderson of Alpine and Pat Edmunds and Anthony Espinoza of Park City were named to the Junior National C Team. Park City junior lugers Jake Farquharson, Samantha Carone and Katy Simi will compete on the D Team.

Kate Hansen of La Canada, Calif., the 2008 Junior World Champion, was named to the junior national team. She took half of last season off to matriculate as a freshman at BYU, but still managed to finish fifth at the 2011 Junior World Championships.

Reigning Junior World Cup Champions and Andrew Sherk, Junior World Cup Medalist Emily Sweeney and 2010-11 Youth World Cup Champion Sukmmer Britcher will lead the team.

10-year Anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games

We are excited to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and cannot believe it has been 10 years since our state transformed in to a winter-sport competition arena for some of the world’s best athletes!

We are planning a celebration in conjunction with other businesses and venues involved with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and wanted to include you in the process. How would you like to celebrate the 10 year anniversary?

Registration is LIVE for the 5th Annual Utah Olympic Park Hill Climb

Click here to go to our website for more information and registration.

2011 Ski Meister

Everyone had a great time at the Ski Meister last Saturday. The competitors raced through a course of skier/boarder cross, moguls, jumps, and finished off by skimming across a pond!

Here are some photos of the event.

Ken Garff Keys to Success Winter Comet Ride

Below is an article posted on the Standard-Examiner about our Winter Comet Bobsled Ride:

Comet Bobsled

Olympic spirit rallies with speedy trip around bobsled track

Some kids get allowances, others are paid for their grades. Most of the time, I fall in neither category.

However, thanks to the Ken Garff Keys to Success program, I recently got to do something that more than compensated for all the lost years of free cash — winter bobsledding at the Utah Olympic Park.

The auto company’s program helps motivate and acknowledge high school students in their academic achievements. When I received a Keys to Success prize from one of my teachers, I carefully evaluated all the possibilities, wary of wasting my reward. The opportunity to whiz down a frozen track on a bobsled was appealing so I happily chose that.

After waiting months to take advantage of my prize, I finally got to experience the same feeling as an Olympian. I had butterflies as my dad and I drove up to Park City for my ride.

As we waited for orientation, we walked around the George Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Looking at the exhibits brought back cherished memories of watching the Olympics as a little kid. When I picked up a 40-pound curling stone, it was fun to remember being a second-grader and eating Chex Mix as a friend and I watched a curling match with my parents.

It was fascinating to see the artifacts from the opening and closing ceremonies and to picture the grandeur of the vivid performance all over again. The gleaming medals in the display case returned all the yearning of wanting my favorite athletes to win and the inspiration I felt as the national anthem was played. Feeling the Olympic spirit again added to the anticipation of my bobsled ride.

At orientation, the instructors told us about the procedures required when riding and what we could expect to happen. Everyone had to sign a contract stating that they understood they could be injured or even killed on their bobsled ride. Now, my excitement level started to do a nose dive toward China. The prospect of safely flying down the track sounded phenomenal but the thought of skidding down as a crumpled lump near a capsized sled sounded horrifying. I tried thinking that if many people died the sport wouldn’t be allowed, which helped me muster up a little extra courage to continue.

We loaded on a bus and headed to the top of the track. There we fit our helmets and anxiously waited in our bobsled teams for our turn. My team consisted of the driver, two men and myself. The men were from out of state and already knew each other. They were constantly teasing and talking about how our team was going to be the fastest. It added entertainment and a positive atmosphere to the wait.

Finally it was Team 6’s turn! My heart was pounding as I put on my snug red helmet and filed into the white bobsled. The park staff helped situate us in the correct positions, and I grinned as the sled slowly started to rumble down the chilly track. In an instant the sled was speeding down the course and zipping around the curves with tremendous force. I was instantly breathless! Everything was a blur as the sled whipped us around corner after corner, knocking my helmet into the sides of the sled.

And in the blink of an eye the ride was over. We had streaked down the track in less than one minute, going almost 80 miles per hour with five G forces pushing on our bodies. The feeling was exhilarating — and it was a relief to know I was still alive! A few minutes after the ride ended my head started to pound and my stomach lurched into my throat. Maybe it was because the sled had gone so fast that my body had barely caught up. All I could think about after the ride was how cool it was and how indescribable it felt.

The momentary rattle of the sled, the whistle of the whipping wind, and the instant blur of the world was worth every hour of sleep I lost doing homework and every penny I was never paid. It was a feeling I’ve never had before. It was a rush of emotion and senses that no other recipe could concoct.

I recommend a bobsled ride to every thrill-seeking adventurer out there. Put it on your bucket list and have the most dazzling ride of your life!

Our UOP Candy Basket on KPCW Radio

Our employee candy basket is featured on KPCW Radio‘s Tales From The Wasatch Back – http://t.co/8FzkDU1.

UOP Candy Basket

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The Night Train Visits Whole Foods

The Night Train Bobsled hung out at Whole Foods Market Park City last weekend in support of their Whole Planet Foundation fundraiser day on Saturday.

Did you visit Whole Foods this weekend and snap a pic in the bobsled?