1.16.2013

Vacation Recap: Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics

You guys know how much I love the Olympics, whether it's the winter or summer games (no? See here, here and here), so the next thing on our agenda was to see all of the 2002 Winter Olympics sites. The first stop was the Utah Olympic Oval. The speed skating venue is as big as four football fields and has a clear span suspension roof. Ten Olympic records and eight world records happened during the games which made it "the fastest ice on Earth."




Next was the Olympic Cauldron Park at University of Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies took place. During the games the cauldron was set on the stands at the south end of the stadium so it could be seen all over the Salt Lake Valley. Now it's in a fountain just south of the stadium. The Hoberman Arch, which was used at the Medals Plaza downtown, was also moved here.






On our way up to Park City, we stopped at the Utah Olympic Park, which was designed and built specifically for the Olympics. This is where the bobsled, luge, skeleton, and ski jumping competitions took place. The park still serves as a training center for Olympic athletes, but is also open for public recreation. We didn't participate in bobsledding or zip lining, but we did go to the museum.












Finally, in Park City we took a walk through the Olympic Welcome Plaza (which pays tribute to Park City's role in the 2002 Winter Games and to the past 18 Winter Olympic host cities), and played on the medal stands.



I gotta say, I absolutely love Jacob for posing for stupid pictures for me. He's the best!
Stay tuned for a recap of our time in Park City.

13 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love the interior ice pic, and the medal stand pic!

Annabelle said...

I've always wanted to try bobsledding just to say I did it! lol

Casey said...

That looks amazing! I'm dying for a wintery wonderland! Dammit Texas, get seasons!

MiMi said...

My friend's kids get to go to the Olympic Oval for certain school activities and ice skating lessons. COOL!

Misty said...

I wondered if they still used the facilities and found ways to make money off of them. It would be such a waste if they didn't.

Love the Olympics!

Melanie Montgomery said...

It looks beautiful, and I love the stupid poses, haha!

Claire Kiefer said...

When I was a kid (15) the Olympics were in Atlanta! We got to go to a couple events, and I remember how the city totally transformed . . . they built the Olympic Village, and there were millions and millions of people visiting, huge efforts to clean up the city & put on a good show for the world, etc. It was really exciting to see Olympic events in person!

I'd love to go to Salt Lake City. I've been through the airport a billion times, but never explored the city. I've been missing snow lately, so it's especially enticing!

Linny said...

That is so cool you went to that. I would love to check that out! Have a great day!

Linny said...

That is so cool you went to that. I would love to check that out! Have a great day!

Gretchen said...

Great pictures!
I never really got into the Olympics until this year...my husband and I watched so much this summer! :)

Jodie said...

What fun pictures!!! I was actually wondering the other day about what the host city does with the facilities after the Olympics.

Jen said...

This is awesome! I would love to see these sites one day. You take the best pictures!

Karen Peterson said...

It was so much fun to live in Salt Lake during the Olympics. The curling events were held on my campus. And all the state colleges were shut down for 4 weeks. Best semester EVER.