6 Ways to Celebrate the Anniversary of the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games


It’s been 20 years since the Olympics arrived in Utah, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit of the Games here today.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) People gather near the Olympic cauldron before it is lit on the 20th anniversary of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Opening Ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium, on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Pull out that old 2002 Roots beret and find the green pin. The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and local Olympic venues are hosting special events over the next two weeks to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Here are six ways to rekindle your Olympic spirit.

Visit the Olympic Cauldron at Rice-Eccles Stadium

Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park • 451 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, 801-581-8849, saltlake2002.com

Located at Rice-Eccles Stadium, visitors can get an up-close look at the Olympic Cauldron and view the Art Gallery and Video Booth that features stories and images honoring the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Olympic cauldron is lit on the 20th anniversary of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Opening Ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

Skate or curl on the world’s fastest ice at the Utah Olympic Oval

Utah Olympic Oval • 5662 Cougar Ln., Kearns, 801-968-6825, utaholympiclegacy.org

On Friday, February 18, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Salt Lake Olympics, there will be an ice skating show and demonstration from 5-7 p.m. before the start of public skating. In 2002, 10 speed skating records and nine world records were set there during the Winter Olympics. This 400-meter ice oval holds more Olympic world records than anywhere else, but you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy its glory. The Oval is open for public skating Monday through Saturday. 2-hour ice curling lessons are available on Friday and Saturday evenings and use the same stones used in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Ski the Olympic downhill course at Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Station • 3925 Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, 801-620-1000, snowbasin.com • Adult single day tickets start at $135

(Kim Raff | The New York Times) A ​​skier descends Grizzly, the course where the 2002 Olympic men’s downhill competition was held, at Snowbasin Resort in Utah on Feb. 1, 2020. Head north from Salt Lake City to visit Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, relatively unsung gems of the state’s ski scene.

There are few places where you can still ski the Olympic downhill courses and luckily Snowbasin Resort is home to one. Advanced and expert skiers can take the Allen Peak Tram to the top of the John Paul quad to start the men’s Grizzly downhill course at 9,289 feet and descend two miles to the bottom of the trail. The nearby women’s downhill course, also known as the Wildflower, is frequently groomed and slightly less steep, but just as fun to speed up. Less advanced skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the resort’s other snow runs, and all levels can take advantage of the lodge’s amenities, such as the many fireplaces and tasty food.

Enjoy a stay at the Grand America Hotel

Grand America Hotel • 555 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, 800-304-8696, grandamerica.com • Rooms and suites are available from $379

Built to welcome the world to the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Grand America Hotel remains Salt Lake City’s only five-star hotel. This 24-story hotel has 775 rooms and suites and 700 chandeliers, some suspended above the indoor pool and hot tub. Take the time to dine at the brand new Laurel Brasserie & Bar. The European-inspired restaurant is open for early morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Visit the Gibson Girl Lounge for after-dinner drinks in a chic atmosphere that subtly evokes memories of the Olympics.

Go Comet Bobsled at Utah Olympic Park

3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City, 435-658-4200, utaholympiclegacy.org • $195 per person (passengers must be at least 16 years old and weigh more than 100 lbs to ride, until April 10, 2022)

(Grayson West | Tribune file photo) Andre Lange’s German team takes their third round of the four-man at Utah Olympic Park during the 2002 Games. Team Germany won the gold medal .

The track hosted the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Visitors can get a taste of the Olympic spirit by taking a ride on the Comet Bobsled at Utah’s Olympic Park in Park City. Reaching speeds of 70-80 mph means the experience lasts less than a minute, but what a minute it is. Racers are paired with professional drivers who steer the sled safely around the race track. While there, visitors can also explore the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum, which includes a virtual reality ski theatre, games, topographic maps and galleries of visual highlights from the games. 2002.

Try the biathlon experience at Soldier Hollow

2002 Soldier Hollow Ln., Midway, 435-709-3469, utaholympiclegacy.org • $125 – $195 per person

On the last day of the 2002 Winter Olympics, athletes ran 50 kilometers on the Soldier Hollow course. Today, visitors can go Nordic (cross-country) skiing, winter sliding or try the biathlon experience. Visitors can take on the challenge of a Grand Tour of 12 to 16 kilometers or choose something more laid back on the Nordic track. For an authentic biathlon experience, cross-country skiers or snowshoers can hire a private trainer and learn how to shoot a .22 caliber rifle during a short biathlon competition course.


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