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?

Durban to beat its Olympics drum

The following is an article posted on Times LIVE.

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Photograph by: EDDIE KEOGH via TimesLIVE

Durban is preparing to catapult itself to the head of the queue as the host of the 2020 summer Olympics.

In July, an expected 2000 affiliates and guests of the International Olympic Commitee (IOC) will take over the city for its 123rd annual meeting – a first for Africa.

The gathering, from July 4 to 9, will allow Durban to display its wares when the name of the host city for the 2018 winter Olympics is announced.

Among those due to attend is Fifa boss Sepp Blatter, a key figure in securing the 2010 World Cup for South Africa, as well as A-list dignitaries, royalty and heads of state .

Durban has already played host to Fifa at the 2007 preliminary draw for the World Cup.

Tubby Reddy of South Africa’s Olympic governing body, Sascoc, this week had the fifth and final meeting with IOC officials and declared the city ready to host the Olympic movement’s plenary session.

Reddy said of the July gathering: “It’s a major opportunity. Of the 115 IOC members who are coming, 99% will be making the final decision in Buenos Aires in 2013. That’s why it is so important – impressions stay.”

The city – despite facing competition from Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth – is the frontrunner, thanks to the King’s Park sports precinct.

It boasts the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was built for the World Cup, the Sharks’ rugby stadium, King’s Park Aquatic Centre, athletic facilities, country club and Umgeni River.

Reddy said that after the plenary session, he would start the formal process ahead of the announcement of South Africa’s candidate city by September 1.

The key to Durban’s chances is ensuring that the plenary session is faultless.

The communications manager of King Shaka International Airport, Colin Naidoo, said airport staff were already working to avoid a repeat of the debacle during last year’s World Cup, when scores of VIP jets on the tarmac prevented many fans from reaching the semifinal match between Spain and Germany.

Durban has built a reputation as a top sports destination. Established annual events include the Durban July horse race, the Comrades Marathon and the Dusi canoe marathon.

Women’s Nordic Ski Jumping Added to The Olympics

After a long battle, Women’s Nordic Ski Jumping has finally made it in the Olympic Winter Games!

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The announcement was made early this morning. A press conference is being held at the Utah Olympic Park to celebrate the announcement.

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Will Women’s Ski Jumping make it to the Olympics?

Below is an article posted on Reuters.com :

Olympics-Women’s ski jumping set for Sochi, says FIS head

The long-awaited approval of women’s ski jumping for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics now looks a formality, ski federation head Gian Franco Kasper said on Tuesday.

“The ladies ski jumping has become a purely political question,” the International Ski Federation (FIS) president told Reuters at the Sportaccord Convention where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is also meeting to decide on new events.

“But I think that is rather a formality. With the others, I really do not know.”

Apart from ski jumping, other events up for consideration include ski halfpipe (men and women), ski slopestyle (men and women), snowboard slopestyle (men and women), biathlon mixed team relay, the figure skating team event and luge team relay.

The IOC’s powerful executive board is expected to announce a decision on most of the events on Wednesday after postponing a ruling late last year, with IOC president Jacques Rogge saying some may need to be monitored a little longer.

Kasper said an Alpine team event and the women’s ski jumping were the priorities for his governing body.

“We will see what comes out. I am quite sure that they will accept all the events, not only from skiing but also luge and the team event in skating and biathlon,” said the Swiss IOC member.

“Sochi has a little different list to what the IOC has or that we have because they want to have only those new events where they have a certain medal chance,” said Kasper.

Women’s ski jumping tried to win a place in last year’s Vancouver Games but was rejected on the grounds that performance levels were not good enough and too few nations and athletes were involved.

“It has improved since then, no question,” said Kasper.

“We have now more athletes and increased the level of performance so I believe they are ready now. But it is a political question for the IOC. That’s why I am very sure they will accept it.

“I think that’s more a formality, on condition that the Russians agree of course.”

If women’s ski jumping is given the go-ahead, the nordic combined event — which mixes cross country skiing and ski jumping — will be the only one at the Winter Games without any female competitors.

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?

Two-time Olympic skeleton racer Bernotas retires

Below is an article posted on universalsports.com

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Photo Credit: Associated Press

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Two-time U.S. Olympian Eric Bernotas has retired from skeleton, ending a 10-year racing career.

Bernotas found the sport by accident in 2001, getting lost on a drive through the Adirondacks and ending up at the Olympic Sliding Complex near Lake Placid. He became a full-time slider shortly afterward.

He retires with 12 World Cup medals, a silver medal from the 2007 world championships, four U.S. national crowns and Olympic appearances in 2006 and 2010.

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced his retirement Saturday.

Virtual Tours

Take a virtual tour of the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum.

Come visit us and see the Museums in person. Admission is free and we are open 7 days a week from 10 am – 6 pm.