Watch the lip and steer like an Olympian

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A lot ran through my mind as I was about to plunge the equivalent of 15 stories on an icy track at highway-rated speeds. I had mostly second thoughts about what had seemed like a fun idea, mixed with intense visualization on how to steer a 300-pound metal sled down a labyrinth of half-pipe turns in a way that wouldn’t result in serious bodily harm, or worse.

Sitting in the cockpit, I braced my knees against the side of the sled, pressed down hard on the stationary foot pegs, and readjusted the bulky, full-face motorcycle helmet.

“How fast will we go,’’ I asked Pat Brown, my instructor at the Bobsled Driving School at Utah Olympic Park outside Park City.

“You’ll be going slow — about 55 miles per hour,’’ he said, as he squatted next to our sled.

That may have sounded slow to someone like Brown, a former member of the US bobsled team who went on to coach the Jamaican bobsled team (think “Cool Runnings’’) in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the first US women’s bobsled team in 1998, and this year’s Korean team at the Vancouver Olympic games. But for someone like me, a first-time bobsledder, 55 sounded downright scary.

I gripped the D-shaped steering rings that were attached to the bobsled’s front runners by rope and said, “OK, I’m ready.’’

“No jerky movements,’’ said Brown, who is now head coach of the park’s Bobsled and Skeleton Development Program. “The less steering you do, the better you’ll do.’’

Hunkered behind me, in the “brakeman’’ position of our two-person sled, sat Robert Purviance, another novice who had come from Los Angeles to give bobsledding a shot. If he liked it, he planned to try out for the national bobsled team.

“Let’s do it,’’ said Purviance.

“Sled in track. Sled in track from the Junior Start,’’ a voice called out over the loudspeaker.

“Just remember to relax and breathe,’’ said Brown, as he gently pushed us off the start line. There was no turning back.

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VIDEO: FLY Freestyle at UOP

Park City Television’s Jen Hardman teams up with the FLY Freestyle team to learn the basics of aerials at the Utah Olympic Park.

Final summer rush in Park City

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Labor day weekend is almost here, the unofficial end to summer celebrations. In Park City, time is running out before the city starts to transition from Summer into Winter. But before that, here are some ideas of last minute fun.

First stop – Utah Olympic Park. During Labor day weekend, they have several “end of season” shows. Flying Ace All stars will perform their final show for the summer at 1:00 pm. That will be followed by Huck Fest ’10. Freeriders, Aerialst and Moguls Skiers coming together to Huck! For more info call 435.658.4200

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Salt Lake Magazine UOP Coupon!

Our friends at Salt Lake Magazine have a great coupon for $5 off a summer ride package! Check this out:

It may still feel like summer, but it’s almost time to send the kiddos back to school.

Now’s the time to fit in all those last minute to-do’s and play dates and the Utah Olympic Park in PC wants to help out.

Print out the coupon (click here) and experience the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics for yourself.

Zoom down the Bobsled, Zipline, or Quicksilver to cure your need for speed.

The deets:

Bronze Package – 1 Ultra Zipline, 1 Quicksilver.

Silver Package – 1 Xtreme Zipline & 1 Ultra Zipline, 1 Quicksilver.

Gold Package – 1 Comet Bobsled Ride, 1 Xtreme Zipline & 1 Ultra Zipline, 1 Quicksilver.

Offer valid summer 2010 season only.

Age and weight restrictions apply. Please check for restrictions, hours and possible closures/weather holds. OFFER NOT VALID ON SATURDAYS. One coupon per person accepted. Package activities cannot be split up or used by more than one person. Activities are weather dependent, may sell out and are subject to delay or cancellation without notice. Check or call 435.658.4200.

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Stride & Glide With an Olympian

KEARNS, UT – US Speedskating and the Utah Olympic Oval have teamed up to launch the Stride & Glide 5k Run, Skate Clinic and Health Expo on August 14, 2010 at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, UT. Participants of all ages are invited to run a fun 5k course with an Olympian. Following the run, runners can trade their running shoes for a pair of skates to participate in a learn-to speed skate clinic taught by US Speedskating Olympians and National Team members on the “Fastest Ice on Earth” at the Oval, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

An open skate session and health expo, featuring fun activities and healthy living tips and products for the whole family, will follow the skate clinic. Athletes will also be on hand for an autograph and photo session at the Oval. Proceeds from the event will benefit US Speedskating and the Utah Olympic Oval, two non-profit organizations, to support the development of introductory skating programs.

“I’m looking forward to a fun 5k run with our fans and supporters,” said 2002 Olympic Speedskating Gold Medalist Derek Parra. “It will also be fun to share the ice, and our sport with fans.”

Registration is now open and registration forms are available online at, or at the Utah Olympic Oval. On-line registration closes on August 11, 2010. Race day registration is available from 6-7:30am. For more information, please call 801-417-5360 or visit

Stride & Glide 5k Run, Skate Clinic and Health Expo Schedule
Registration/Packet Pick up — 6-7:30am
Run Start — 8am
Skater Demo — 10am
Skate Clinic — 10:15am
Athlete Autograph/Photo Session — 11-11:30am
Open Skate — 11:15am-3pm

SPRING TIME: What’s new at the Park?

Summer Freestyle Programs
Would you like to learn the sport of freestyle skiing? Check out the wide variety of programs offered by FLY, AXIS and others.

Xtreme Zipline opens weekends Sat. May 8
Enjoy one of the world’s steepest and most unique ziplines. The Xtreme zipline sends riders alongside the K120 nordic ski jump at speeds approaching 50 mph!

Family Guided Tours – $25 (5 ppl)
Go behind the scenes and save money on the popular and informative guided tour. With the $25 “Family Pass,” five people can tour the venue that hosted 14 medal events during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Summer Comet Bobsled Rides begin Sat. May 22
Experience 4 G’s of force, reach speeds approaching 70 mph and finish the 2002 Olympic track in about a minute flat on the Summer Comet Bobsled ride!

Lamborghini Invasion

Over the years, the Park has hosted many unique functions, from commercial shoots to amazing races. One of the more memorable events recently booked by Utah Olympic Park Events Manager, Vicki Bingham, took place Saturday August 8th.

That morning, to the delight of staff and guests, a multi-million dollar high speed caravan comprised of over thirty Lamborghinis rolled into the UOP plaza. The sleek machines were part of a program called “Shop with a Cop,” during which a number of kids were given rides in the high-end autos and then shopped in Wal-Mart with local cops. Not surprisingly, UOP Host and motor sports fanatic, Carl Roepke got in on the action and had this to say after his ride: “I’ve driven our road thousands of times, but to race down at 120 mph in a half-million dollar sports car was something I’ll never forget. I was blown away by the speed of these Lamborghinis.”


July 25: Festival of Flight


12pm-3pm:  Summer Sun-Splash Aerial Contest
Witness the World’s best Aerial Jumpers perform thrilling acrobatic maneuvers high abouve our splash pool!

12pm-4pm: BBQ, Beer, and Bouncing
Beer for the parent, Bouncing for the kid, BBQ for everyone!

1pm-3pm: So You Think You Can Be An Olympian?
Try your hand in Skeleton, Luge, Freestyle, or Nordic Jumping in the Future Olympian Zone!

1pm-4pm: Facepainting!
Get your clown on!

2pm-3:30pm: K120 Long Jump Contest!
Freakishly Long Jumps by Mutant Bird Men!

3:30pm: School of Rock Concert!
Live Music!

5:00pm:  Flying Ace All-Stars!
Merry hucksters and whirly birds aim for orbit, while performing feats of flight!

The Canyons Utah Olympic Park Package

Sign-up for the ultimate Olympic experience in Park City when you select our exclusive Utah Olympic Park Package this summer. This special package includes lodging for two and 2 Silver Park Packages providing you one ride each on the Xtreme Zipline, Ultra Zipline and Quicksilver Alpine Slide. For more information on events / activities at the Utah Olympic Park visit their website: or call: (435)658-4200.

To book this package, call (866)604-4171 or book online by clicking HERE.

Available: May 23rd – September 27, 2009

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WHAT THEY SAID: Our Park City Trip

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“After our balloon ride, we rode the Alpine Slide and visited the Utah Olympic Park. At the olympic park we got to see real athletes training, walk through the museum where they have lots of cool hands-on activities (I got the high score on one of the games), go on the Xtreme Zipline (the world’s steepest zipline), and watch the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show (the athletes do flips and other tricks into a pool). It was a fun place to visit!”