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2002 Winter Olympics Legacies
Though the 2002 Winter Olympics are a distant but pleasant memory, their legacy lives on. Thanks to the healthy profit the event produced, main venues have been able to remain open to host world-class competitions and provide recreation and training.
The best place to enjoy the legacy of 2002 is at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, site of the bobsled, luge, skeleton, and ski jumping competitions. In addition to touring the facility, you can ride the bobsled—wheeled in summer and on ice in winter—or try freestyle skiing. You can even attempt a head-first skeleton run. The interactive Alf Engen Ski Museum offers a chance for a virtual reality trip down the Olympic ski courses.
At the nearby Soldier Hollow facility in Midway, site of the cross-country skiing and biathlon events, you can ski on groomed expert or beginner trails, snowshoe, tube, or use the trail system to hike or mountain bike in summer.
A tent-shape structure made of steel and glass covers the speed-skating oval in Kearns. It provides year-round ice for speed skating, figure skating, hockey, and curling. To get a feel for how fast Olympic speed skaters go, just try to skate the 400-meter track. A running track goes around the outside of the skating oval.
The Olympic torch still stands at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. A park—including the Hoberman Arch used during the medal ceremonies, a fountain, and historical information—surrounds the torch.
On hot days kids of all ages gather at the Olympic Legacy Snowflake Fountain at the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City, where they dodge shooting sprays of water, often set to music. An Olympic Hall of Fame is east of the fountain.
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