Community came out for Olympic trails

Editor:

The community of Park City has always carried the Olympic spirit, and nothing made that more evident than the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping. Over the weekend, an historic crowd of nearly 10,000 came out to support the athletes of the U.S. Ski Team as they vied for Olympic spots.

The event would not have been possible with the team of people putting it together. The staff of Utah Olympic Park ensured the perfect venue for Todd Lodwick to earn his sixth Olympic spot, Jessica Jerome to become the first female ski jumper ever named to the U.S. Olympic Team and Nick Fairall to punch his Olympic ticket. The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Utah Sports Commission, the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and the Park City Chamber/Bureau also played a vital role in bringing a world class Olympic Trials experience to Park City.

On behalf of our U.S. Ski Team athletes, I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to the community of Park City, Utah Olympic Park and all of the dedicated staff and volunteers who came together to put on such an incredible weekend. Thank you for all of the hard work you have put in to help our athletes as they work towards Olympic gold.

Bill Marolt

President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Don't overlook Olympic-bound speed skaters

Editor:

The Park Record does a great job of covering athletes and events in and around Park City and keeps up with their adventures in World Cup and other major events all over the world. I would like though to congratulate some athletes living and training here that Park City may not know about. These four speed skaters, Heather Richardson, Brittany Bowe, Sugar Todd and Mitch Whitmore are currently successfully competing at the Olympic Oval in Kearns this week for spots representing the U.S. Olympic team at the games in Sochi, Russia. Look for them on TV when speed skating is televised.

Charles David

Park City