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Utah celebrates Olympic Day

Submitted by Utah Olympic Legacy The spirit of the Olympic movement will roll into Park City as Utah Olympic Park hosts Olympic Day on Sunday, June 30. The day's activities include athlete appearances, a big air show, and the debut of a new exhibit at th

Lindsey Van takes to the air during the 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Sarah Brunson/USSA

The unveiling of the new museum exhibit will take place at noon, prior to the other festivities.

"We are excited to feature Women’s Ski Jumping in our four mobile exhibits placed in the entrance to our museum," said Connie Nelson, executive director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum. "We have cheered these athletes on their journey to the Olympics since (the museum’s) opening in May 2002. We are honored to feature their history through the years and will be excited to see them excel in the Sochi Olympics."

Olympic Day will include special appearances by Olympians, Utah athletes-in-training, and Summit County officials. The event will commence with a reading of the official Olympic Day proclamation, followed by an introduction of members of the No. 1-ranked U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping Team Sarah Hendrickson, Abby Hughes, Jessica Jerome, Alissa Johnson, and Lindsey Van. Women ski jumpers will get to compete in the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in history in Sochi 2014.

"We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and hope to inspire all the Utah young girls and boys who will get the same great opportunities in sport that we did growing up here," said Sarah Hendrickson, the 2013 world ski jumping champion.

The Flying Ace All-Stars will perform their signature half-hour performance. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages three to 12 and seniors ages 65 or older. Children age two and under are admitted at no charge. The Freestyle Show is presented by Montage Deer Valley.

Following the show, local Olympians, athletes and members of the Flying Ace All-Stars will be on hand for autographs and to meet visitors. Complimentary activities include a bounce house and a live performance by Salt Lake based youth band "School of Rock." The free concert is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Utah Olympic Park’s Olympic Day is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide between June 21 and 30. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences.

Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the United States, Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.

Utah Olympic Park opens daily at 9 a.m. with complimentary parking and access to the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum. Summer activities including two zip lines, alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides, and three new adventure courses operate daily between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For a complete list of rates and schedules, visit UtahOlympicLegacy.com.

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