‘Team Park City’ Olympic success will be celebrated
Ryan Summerlin February 28, 2014
‘Team Park City’ returned from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with 10 medals.
And Park City in early April will honor the successes of the medal winners and other competitors with ties to the area.
The Park City-based Youth Sports Alliance, a not-for-profit group that organizes and supports winter sports programs for youngsters, is preparing what has been dubbed a homecoming parade and celebration next month. It will be set during the first weekend in April, a schedule that will put the event after the various World Cup seasons. The celebration will also honor Paralympians with local ties.
Details were not set late in the week. The organizers are expected to seek a permit for the event from City Hall next week. The Park City Council on Thursday may be asked to approve the permit. More information would be made available prior to the permit being granted.
Aimee Preston, the executive director of the Youth Sports Alliance, said there were upward of 50 athletes competing in the Winter Olympics or the Paralympics with some sort of tie to the Park City area. They either grew up in Park City, moved to the community to train, went to school in Park City to prepare to be a top tier athlete or live in Park City while training in Salt Lake City.
"They worked so hard. They have made sacrifices," Preston said about the athletes.
A group of organizations is involved in the planning, including the Park City Chamber/Bureau, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, the National Ability Center, national governing bodies of winter sports disciplines and winter sports venues. A list of the athletes expected to attend was not available late in the week. Some who won medals include Ted Ligety, Joss Christensen, Steve Holcomb, Sage Kotsenburg and Devin Logan.
City Hall received an application for an event, but an official said it is evolving. Tommy Youngblood, who manages special events for City Hall, said the application requests organizer be allowed to hold a parade down Main Street ending with a celebration on the lower stretch of the street.
Park City is one of the nation’s winter sports capitals. Budding athletes in a range of disciplines enjoy rare access to elite facilities, including the three area mountain resorts, the ski jumps and sliding track at the Utah Olympic Park and the cross-country track at Soldier Hollow. There is also cross-country skiing on the White Pine Touring track and rink sports at the Park City Ice Arena.