Park City Utah – Venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games

2002 Olympic Winter GamesWhile in Salt Lake City, we drove up to Park City and went to Olympic Park. This is one of the cities that hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This area served as a venue for ski jumping, nordic combined, bobsled, skeleton and luge. It also features the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which houses both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Parking and admission to the museums and venue is free. It was a real thrill to be there and remember what happened. I felt like I was a small part of it. The area itself I beautiful and has the small town feel even though it has grown in the last decade or so. PCOP - SignWhile there, you can also experience what they call the Comet Bobsled ride which is the Olympic Park’s defining activity. With a seasoned bobsled pilot, you can experience the official 2002 Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track including speeds over 60 mph, including the g-forces. They challenge you to count all the curves while on this amazing ride. The summer bobsled is a built on wheels and runs on the concrete track. In the winter, the modified bobsled slides seamlessly down the ice resulting in an unmatched ride.PCOP - rampIf you are an adventure enthusiast, there are activities which operate all summer long including two ziplines, featuring the Extreme Zip (one of the steepest ziplines in the world), the uniquely designed Alpine Slide, three adventure ropes courses and a special challenge called the Drop Tower. There are also nature trails throughout the venue. PCOP - pool

Sadly, we didn’t do any of these, as we got there later in the day, but did have an enlightening experience touring the Alf Engen Ski museum. It was quite impressive. Dedicated on June 9, 2005, the museum houses numerous displays honoring the athletes, volunteers and sports represented in the 2002 Olympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. As we walked into the building I could still feel the excitement in the air even though it was so many years ago. It was like the Olympics we almost alive again in this little city. It was such an incredible feeling. PCOP - museum

There were a couple of things that really stuck out with me during our visit. The first thing was being able to see a real bobsled which was used by old Medal winner, Tristan Gale. In this exhibit they also had the skeleton helmet worn by Gold medal winner, Jimmy Shea, and Luge silver medalist Brian Martin’s spiked gloves.

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The other exciting exhibit contained a stunning collection of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games medals donated by O.C. Tanner (the company that made the medals). There was also a fascinating visual description of how the medals were produced. This section also features the participant Olympic Winter Games medals collected from Chamonix in 1924 through the 2002 Olympic Winter games.

PCOP - sledWe had an amazing time visiting Park City and reliving some of the glory of the 2002 Winter Olympics.  If you are in the area, this is definitely something you should see and take the kids to see. It made me wish I was there to experience it live, but I was able to see and touch a part of it.   The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Again, it is Free if you don’t do all the rides!

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