Originally known as the Utah Winter Sports Park, the facility was funded as part of the $59 million tax diversion approved by Utah taxpayers in 1989. The facility was a critical element in the Salt Lake Bid Committee’s efforts to capture a future Olympic Winter Games. Construction of the Utah Olympic Park began in 1991 with the Park, ski jump facilities and freestyle aerials splash pool opening in 1993. The bobsled, skeleton and luge track became operational in 1997.

In July 1999, ownership of the Utah Winter Sports Park transferred from the Utah Sports Authority to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, and the venue became recognized as the Utah Olympic Park. The facility underwent a series of upgrades and renovations for the Games, including the construction of the K120 jump and reconfiguration of the K90. Additionally, the master plan included design of the venue’s common areas, infrastructure, transportation system and entrances. The design and engineering phase of all projects was completed in September 1999 with construction completed in the fall 2000. General construction costs were $33 million for sliding track, $21 million for ski jumps, $6 million for infrastructure and $2.5 million for Day Lodge and pool.

During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the venue welcomed more than 300,000 visitors during 16 days of competition. The Utah Olympic Park was the site of 14 events with three in ski jumping, three in nordic combined, three in bobsled, three in luge and two in skeleton.

The building for the $10 million Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center and Alf Engen Ski Museum was completed in the fall of 2001 and served as the Park’s media center for the world’s journalists covering the 2002 Games. The facility was transformed into a museum, retail shop, cafe and conference area for its formal dedication in July 2002.

This acclaimed facility, recognized for the fastest sliding track and highest-elevated jumps in the world, has hosted multiple World Cup events in ski jumping, nordic combined, bobsled, skeleton and luge in preparation for the 2002 Games. As well as hosting future World Cups, the Park has already been selected as the site of the 2005 World Luge Championships.

The mission of the Utah Olympic Park is to provide a year-round, world-class facility to develop athletes in winter sports through competition, training and recreational programs.

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