In 2002, Utah became the 5th state in the U.S to host the Olympic games with the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Venues were held all around the city, including Park City’s Utah Olympic Park with bobsleigh, luge, skeleton, ski jumping and Nordic combined events.
Today it is a center for Olympic-level events and athletes in training, and is also a delightful tourist destination. We were visiting family in late June, and we all spent an exciting afternoon watching athletes from around the world practice ski jumps and land in a pool.* There were two observation decks with seating and tables, so we bought sandwiches and salads at the cafe, and then enjoyed lunch and a show on a beautiful summer day.
Park activities available to the public are extreme zipline, extreme tubing, freestyle zipline, comet bobsled rides, climbing wall, slip-n-soar, scenic Nordic chairlift, museums, and flying ace all-star shows, all for summer fun and adventure.
Guided tours of the facility give the history and amazing stories of the Olympics. Check out their website here, because this is a fantastic destination for athletes and family fun, located only 30 minutes from Salt Lake City!
Wishing you Happy Discoveries!
Amy and Mr.D
*The pool permits the practice of new skills with reduced risk, as the impact of a water landing is less dangerous than a comparable impact on compacted snow. Participants typically wear wetsuits, dry suits, gloves, lifejackets, and helmets. The danger of hard landings on water can be reduced by aerating the water surface to create bubbles as large as 12 inches (300 mm), softening landings and lowering injuries. Additionally, these bubbles serve as a reference point for the athletes to help keep them oriented when performing acrobatics.