SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sixteen years ago, they were going on right here in Utah.
The Olympic legacy is still strong here partly because of the venues that continue to operate in the state, but that isn’t always the case at Olympic sites.
The 2014 Olympic venues in Sochi are an abandoned ghost town the 1984 facilities in Saravjevo are crumbling ruins, but here in Utah our winter Olympic sites continue to thrive.
The 2002 Olympic organizing committee set aside $77 million of their profits from the games as an endowment to fund the Olympic Sports Park outside of Park City, the Nordic Ski Center at Soldier Hollow and the Olympic Oval in Kearns.
Those facilities continue to host national and world championships events for elite athletes and offer programs to the general public, so anybody can try cross country skiing, skeleton racing, curling or ride in bobsled with a trained driver.
Because our facilities are used and maintained, we’re well-positioned to get another winter Olympics back here possibly as soon as 2030.
“It’s a huge advantage because many countries, many cities won’t even bid for the Olympics because it’s too expensive. They have to spend and lose potentially billions of dollars putting in all the infrastructure. We have it all so we’re able to do this much more economically than any other site,” said Fraser Bullock, COO of 2002 Winter Olympics.
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