Continental Cup offers spectators a glimpse of Sochi

Editor:

With the countdown to Sochi under 50 days, last week the 2002 Olympic venues at Soldier Hollow and the Utah Olympic Park came together to create a truly world-class FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup series.

This Continental Cup week was vital to our team's success both on the World Cup circuit and in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Thanks to the efforts of Soldier Hollow and the Utah Olympic Park, the USA was able to earn an additional World Cup spot, guaranteeing that the USA's Best in the World Nordic combined athletes will have the opportunity to get in critical competition time before aiming for a medals in Russia. It also gave both team and training group athletes an unparalleled chance to compete against international talent in their own backyard.

On behalf of our U.S. Ski Team athletes, I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to Solider Hollow, Utah Olympic Park and all of the dedicated staff and volunteers for a great Continental Cup. Thank you for all of the hard work you have put in to help our athletes realize their Olympic dreams.

Bill Marolt, President and CEO

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Timing of traffic lights adds to the problem

Editor,

I applaud The Park Record for reprinting the article from The Salt Lake Tribune regarding the traffic-light timing system developed by UDOT (Dec. 24-27).


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State Road 224 between Kimball Junction and Canyons Resort Drive is clearly an area that needs this system. The three traffic lights at Kimball Junction and those between Bear Hollow Drive and Canyons Resort Drive are poorly timed and do not accommodate traffic variances well. Peak demand periods, such as the early evening during winter and special event periods such as the Sundance Film Festival produce traffic jams that stretch for miles along S.R. 224.

The dangerous outcome is that drivers illegally use the shoulder and center median for extended distances and then cut through the New Park parking lot or Olympic Parkway near Walmart. Near Canyons Resort, drivers avoid several traffic lights by cutting through the Sun Peak neighborhood instead of using S.R. 224. County officials should press UDOT to install this traffic-light timing system at Kimball Junction and the Canyons Resort area. This would complement efforts such as the bus lane concept.

Scott Johansen

Chair, Sun Peak Traffic Calming Committee

Tom Clyde is a local gem

Editor:

Park City wouldn't be the same without Tom Clyde's fine writing. Tom's clever sense of humor never fails to entertain. He is a welcome voice to those of us in our changing community who share similar views. His recent retrospective prose is touching and offers us meaningful insight as to who we are and why we are unique in a pretty different State. Tom has a sense of place and he is kind enough to generously share all of this with us every week through his colorful writing style. Indeed, here's to another 50.

Larry Eichner

Park City

Athletic Republic says thanks for a great year

Editor:

A year ago this week, Athletic Republic opened its 133rd performance sports training center (and new corporate headquarters) in Park City. Over the course of this amazing year we've had the chance to work with a huge variety of athletes--from aspiring alpine racers to Winter Olympic hopefuls, from baseball and lacrosse players to cyclists, triathletes, and runners — and help them develop a competitive advantage. We've also had the chance to partner with a wonderful collection of local businesses and not-for-profit groups including; the Park City Ed Foundation, Running with Ed, Mountain Trails, Tour of Utah and the Mid-Week MTB Race series.

All of these experiences have been highly enjoyable and productive, and we thank the Park City community for its tremendous support. We are looking forward to continuing to help athletes achieve their goals in the New Year.

Taylor Eley

General Manager, Athletic Republic - Park City