There are only 16 Olympic bobsled tracks in the world, and one is right here in our backyard. If you have never been to the Utah Olympic Park, you must put it on this summer's must-do list.

The park offers everything from sedate strolls through a museum of Olympic memories to a challenging series of new adventure courses. It is located at the top of the Olympic Parkway, with spectacular views of Park City and points beyond. But while the bobsled track and ski jumps feel like a rarified world, they are just minutes away from Main Street and Kimball Junction.

Many local residents have dazzled out-of-town guests by taking them to see Olympic athletes doing aerial acrobatics off a ramp and into a pool, or to watch sleek Nordic jumpers fly off the side of the mountain. The experience can be just as thrilling as attending the Olympics but without the crowds or wintry weather.

The UOP is also where youngsters get bitten by the Olympic bug while attending summer camps. Hundreds of local kids have tried out aerial, Nordic, bobsled, luge and skeleton introductory classes. Some have gone on to join youth development teams and a few have even gone on to become hometown stars on the World Cup circuits.

The Utah Olympic Park is a unique amenity and thanks to the Utah Athletic Foundation it is easily accessible to the public. Don't be intimidated by the pictures of high flying athletes above the trees, just go and enjoy watching.


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And knowing that it is one of only a few places in the world where you can sidle up to an Olympic bobsled track, or wave hello to an Olympic athlete as he or she climbs toward the skyward ramps.

For more information about this summer's activities which begin this weekend, turn to page A-10 in this issue, log onto http://utaholympiclegacy.com/facilities/park/activities or call 435.658.4200.