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Utahns celebrate as Turin Games get underway

Local Olympic parks kick off the festivities
A Utah Olympic Park banner shows where sliders and ski jumpers competed in the 2002 Games. Photo by Grayson West
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The state of Utah is remembering its glory in the 2002 Winter Games as it passes the torch to Turin, Italy.

A free slide show and video featuring highlights from the 2002 Games will be held at the Park City and Education Center. Myles Rademan, Public Affairs and Communications Director for Park City, is presenting the clips and will also look at who is representing the U.S in Turin. The audience can snack on refreshments and will have an opportunity to win Olympic prizes. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Avenue.

Friday, Feb. 10 there will be an Olympic commemoration fireworks show at the south end of Main Street in Park City.

Also on Feb. 10 the 2002 Olympic Cauldron at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City will be lit. While an official ceremony will not be held because it coincides with the Opening Ceremonies in Turin, people are invited to attend a free event where people may bring and exchange Olympic pins.

The cauldron will also be lit on Feb. 11 and 12 and will burn until 11 p.m. Lighting will take place during the evening hours.

The public is welcome to come to the park and go to the Visitors Center where they can view murals, photo exhibits, video footage and a short commemorative film that highlights parts of the 2002 Games.

The Olympic Cauldron Park will have extended visiting hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb 11. Noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Admission to the park is free, and there will also be free admission to the Salt Lake 2002 theater on Feb. 10 12.

The Olympic Caldron Park and the Salt Lake 2002 Visitors Center is located on 500 S 1400 E, on the south end of the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium.

On Saturday, Feb. 12 the ski resorts in Park City are celebrating the Olympics.

Park City Mountain Resort invites people to gather at the First Time lift where they can test their snowboarding skills in the Coca-Cola snowboard simulator, collect commemorative pins and enter to win merchandise.

For more information call the Park City Mountain Resort at: 435-649-8111.

Deer Valley Ski Resort is hosting an Olympic celebration with a torchlight parade on Big Stick on Bald Eagle Mountain. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served at 6:15.

For more information call the Deer Valley Ski Resort at: 435-649-1000 or 1-800-424-DEER.

Friday is U.S. Ski Team Day. Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Ski Resort and The Canyons will donate a portion of lift ticket sales to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams.

The Utah Olympic Oval is showing coverage of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games on big screen TVs. Admission is free and discount skating is being offered at $3 every day of the Olympics. Skate rental is $1. The public skating schedule from Feb. 10 to Feb. 26 is: Monday through Thursday 7 to 9 p.m., Fridays 7 to 10 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., and Sundays 4 to 6 p.m.

The Utah Olympic Oval is located at 5662 South Cougar Lane (4800 West). For more information call (801) 968-OVAL or visit http://www.olyparks.com .

During the Olympics the Utah Olympic Park will offer every paying person over the age of 18 a chance to spin the "Wheel of Torino." Prizes include five bobsled rides at a 50 percent discount, free chairlift rides and free 2002 commemorative books.

For more information call the Utah Olympic Park at: 866-659-7275. Compiled by Dale Thompson


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