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…

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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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Our rides open this weekend!

Come ride the steepest zipline in the world this Saturday and Sunday! Bobsled, zipline, and alpine slide rides from 11am – 6pm. Visit our website  for more information.

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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Utah Olympic Park Bobsled Helmet Cam Footage

Check out this video taken from a helmet cam on the Comet Bobsled ride.

Demong Swaps Skis for a Bike

The following article was published at TeamUSA.org:

Just hours after Bill Demong won the United States’ first Olympic gold medal in Nordic combined history, Lance Armstrong tweeted him, saying, “Congrats on the gold! Now back on the bike!”

Ninety-five days later – after proposing to his girlfriend, carrying the US flag at the Closing Ceremony, visiting troops in Qatar, throwing a ceremonial pitch at a Mets game, meeting the President at the White House, and gutting his house in Park City, Utah, – Demong is taking Armstrong’s advice.

June 1st, Demong will cliped into his racing bike and begin the four-mile prologue of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic in Portland, Oregon, a six-day stage race in and around the Columbia River Gorge. After that, Demong has two more multi-day races on his hectic summer schedule.

Demong is not a professional in Armstrong’s league, but he is not a dilettante, either. He is a Category 1 rider, the highest-level amateur defined by USA Cycling.

”The reason I do this,” said Demong, 30, “is that as an older athlete, it’s been important for me to find a way to make my life sustainable and enjoyable. That means I try to mix it up more than most people.”

Aside from enabling Demong to return to Nordic combined every September feeling “really fit and mentally fresh,” cycling has also had a profound effect on his Nordic combined teammates, and pack-racing tactics played a key role in their recent Olympic success in Vancouver.

Demong’s intro to cycling didn’t come until after his first two Olympics. He was initially inspired by Jim Dunlap (a rider with multiple sclerosis), and Demong’s first year, 2006, was modest. “I traded a lot of ski gear for bike gear,” he said.

In 2007, Demong continued to use cycling as cross-training for Nordic combined, but by his third year, he earned enough points to rise from Category 3 to the top-rated Category 1 in about one month “because I was focused,” he said. It helped that he was part of a Salt Lake City team that included other Cat 1 riders.

In July 2008, Demong entered his first Cat 1 race, the Cascade Cycling Classic in Oregon. It was faster, tighter racing than he had ever experienced, and with less than two miles to the end of a stage at Mt. Bachelor, Demong was with five other riders when he put his head down for the final climb and promptly hit the wheel in front of him.

“I shot out of the road and slid on the pavement,” he said. “The guy I hit was okay. He got up and kept going.”

But Demong’s bike was mangled. Unsure what to do, he started running to the finish line in his cycling shoes – click-clack, click-clack, click-clack – with his bike at his side.

After about a half mile, Chris Horner, a professional on the Astana team, passed Demong and insisted on giving him a ride on his own bike.

“It was my first [high-level] race, so I figured it was standard fare,” Demong said.

So the two of them, like grade-school buddies, rode uphill to the finish, Demong on the seat with his bike slung over his right shoulder, and Horner standing up to pedal across the finish line.

“Some people know me more from that, than from skiing,” Demong said with a laugh last week in New York City.

Heading into the Olympic season, Demong said he backed off a bit, but he still contested six pro races last summer, including the 2009 Tour of the Gila in early May – his lone race with Armstrong – and the Tour of Utah, which he plans to do again in August, hopefully when he is in peak form.

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Deer Valley Aerials

Highlights from the World Cup Aerials competition held on January 15, 2010 at Deer Valley.

The Ski Channel rolls out mountain biking, skiing, and Utah Olympic Park in new batch of programming

The following is an excerpt from a post at TheSkiChannel.com:

The Ski Channel is going on a series of adventures in its latest batch of programming that will be released this Sunday, April 25. From mountain biking in Utah to skiing in Austria, you will be taken on several twists and turns throughout these six new titles. In addition, “With Rhyme and Reason,” an original production chronicling ex-racer Bryon Friedman, will also be joining those shows. Keep reading below to get a background on them, and make sure to turn on your VOD this Sunday and head over to The Ski Channel to enjoy them all!

XTERRA Utah 2:
The XTERRA Winter World Championship is quite an adventure throughout the state of Utah. In this show, which is the inaugural race, competitors will be mountain biking, snowshoeing, running, and randonnee at Snowbasin Resort. Then, they’ll be off to Utah Olympic Park in Park City to wakesurf and enjoy the same training facility that the best athletes in the country use.

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The First Annual WSS Sports Cup

Join us for the 1st Annual Winter Sports School (WSS) Sports Cup featuring the homecoming of the high-performing 2010 US Olympic team. Honorees include Andrew Weibrecht, Brett Camerota, Nate Roberts, Anders Johnson, Megan McJames, Elli Ochowicz, and others. The 1st Annual WSS Sports Cup is presented by Rossignol, Escala Lodges, and The Canyons Resort.

Friday, April 9:
7:00pm – 9:00pm:
The WSS Sports Cup Reception at Rossignol’s The MountainCenter, 1413 Center Drive at Kimball Junction. Meet & Greet with Olympians, Music, Beer, Wine, Appetizers, and Gold Medal Fun. $50 per adult.

Saturday, April 10:
10:00am – 1:00pm: The WSS Sports Cup Ski Race at The Canyons Resort: Compete with Olympians
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Après Race Escala Reception: Olympians, Awards, Appetizers, and Beverages
$35 per person, all ages, includes Race and Après Ski Reception.

Sign-up today, participation is limited! To RSVP and pre-register, send, fax or email: Julie Bernhard, Winter Sports School, P.O. Box 1998, Park City, UT. Cell.435.640.5119, Fax. 435.649.9087, Email: bernfam1@xmission.com

Utah Olympic Park to Show-Off for GOP Leaders

The following is a collection of excerpts from articles published at sltrib.com:

Flash forward to August 2012.

The streets of downtown Salt Lake City are choked with buses, limousines and cabs shuttling 45,000 visitors who have descended to anoint their standard-bearer, who by that time has run the gantlet of presidential nominating contests.

Hotel rooms are filled and a four-block area around EnergySolutions Arena and the Salt Palace Convention Center have been cordoned off to create a security zone.

Former U.S. presidents, top contenders for the Oval Office, well-known political figures and other VIPs are whisked into restaurants and scores of private parties by their entourages and security details.
About 15,000 reporters watch for any hiccup and, as they did when Utah staged the 2002 Winter Olympics, some inevitably turn their eye to the state’s predominant LDS faith.

This is a taste of what Utah’s top GOP officials and business leaders are vying for this week as a team of Republican National Committee members –including party Chairman Michael Steele — visits Salt Lake City to review the city’s bid to host to the party’s highest-profile, highest-stakes gathering: the 2012 national convention.

The economic benefit of hosting the event could be enormous with an estimated $170 million in spending, although some caution the benefits are overblown.

“Anytime you have literally one of the biggest conventions that are put on in America in your city, it’s a big deal,” said Lane Beattie, president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the host committee. “These conventions, either the Democrats’ or Republicans’, are just one of the real plums to get into your location.”

The visiting team from the Republican National Committee will be greeted with a dinner Monday night (attendees will include Salt Lake City Democratic Mayor Ralph Becker).

On Tuesday, the RNC Site Selection Committee will visit Utah Olympic Park near Park City and Salt Lake City’s LDS Temple Square before attending a Utah Jazz game at EnergySolutions Arena, a focal point for the gathering.

On Wednesday, they will receive a full tour of the arena and the nearby Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.

“We’re really focusing on those things that are intrinsically Utah,” says Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau President Scott Beck — from the mountains and Temple Square the guests will view to the Utah-produced food they will eat.

Hosts will sort of act as Sherpas to help visitors navigate the city and — borrowing from the Olympic experience — collectable pin-trading will be used to engage delegates and put a local stamp on the event.

There is no specific plan to show the Republican guests the area’s night life — or more specifically that visitors can, in fact, get a drink in the city, a question Beck says came up when the bid team presented to the RNC in Washington, D.C., in February.

It is a common question, Beck says, from prospective conventiongoers. “We know from a lot of experience that the best way to [deal with] it is just let it happen organically.” Beck says the delegation will see firsthand that people can order drinks in a hotel or a bar and it’s not much different than the other competitors.

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