Olympic Day at Utah Olympic Park
Ryan Summerlin June 20, 2014
With the recent snow in Park City, one couldn’t be blamed for having flashbacks to February, when snow covered the ski jumps at the Utah Olympic Park and those in Sochi, Russia, as well.
Parkites will receive one more reminder of the 2014 Olympics this Saturday, when the UOP will host Olympic Day, a celebration of the accomplishments of U.S. Olympians past and present.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Olympic Plaza, the event will feature plenty of activities for the whole family, UOP marketing manager Melanie Welch said.
"This is really targeted toward families and for kids," she said. "All the activities in the plaza are targeted for kids. It’s a great thing to bring them up to, and it’s not very long, either. All the activities in the plaza are free."
The plaza events will include several different activities, as well as the chance to meet former and current Olympians.
"Things kick off at 6:30," Welch said. "We’re going to have live music, food, bounce houses, crafts and Olympic autographs. Motherlode is going to perform."
Then, at 7:45 p.m., it’ll be time to introduce the entire slate of Olympians on hand for the event. On the deck of the aerials pool, the Olympic Day proclamation will be read, as well.
"We’ve got Emily Cook, Preston Griffall, Chris Waddell, Nikki Stone, Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van, Valerie Fleming, Shauna Rohbock, Brett Camerota, Danelle and Rob Umstead, Tracy Evans, Jana Lindsey, Patrick Meek and Alan Alborn," Welch said. "Sometimes we’ll have some other athletes show up at the last minute, but that’s the list we’ve got right now."
Griffall, Cook, Hendrickson, Van and Meek all competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the Umsteads taking part in the Paralympics shortly thereafter.
After the Olympians are introduced, they’ll clear the deck to make way for a show from the Flying Ace All-Stars, an aerial stunt team that performs jumps into the UOP aerial pools. The Flying Ace show will be immediately followed by a fireworks show.
Though the activities in the plaza will be free, the show afterwards will cost $10 for kids and $15 for adults.
Olympic Day is something the UOP hosts annually, but this year, Welch said, they’re trying to switch things up just a little bit.
"We’ve done this event in the past where we’ll do it during the day," she said. "This year, we’ve decided to try to elevate the event. That’s why we added the evening aspect and the fireworks."
She’s hoping the new start time draws a larger crowd than in years past.
"We’re hoping for a really nice turnout," she said. "We’ve been promoting the event for a while, so we’re hoping most of the town is aware."
And, Welch joked, hopefully the weather will cooperate a little bit more than it has so far this week.
"We’re thrilled to see that, by the weekend, it’s supposed to be back up to 80 on Saturday," she said. "Thankfully, we weren’t doing this on Tuesday night."