The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games were a tremendous success and had positive effect on the State of Utah. A record 250,000 visitors from around the world were able to experience Utah while attending the Games, and another 2.1 billion were exposed to the state through the global media coverage of the XIX Olympic Winter Games. The State of Utah also experienced significant economic growth as a result of the Games.
All fourteen world-class venues created and enhanced for the Games continue to be used to host events, elite training and recreation programs. Over 45 World Cups or Championships have been hosted in the State of Utah since 2002. As a result of hosting the Olympics, these events have been assisted by experienced event organizers, venue professionals and a pool of 22,000 well-trained volunteers.
The financial success of the Salt Lake Games provided an $85 million endowment to fund the Olympic Park and Olympic Oval into perpetuity. The Utah Athletic Foundation continues to excel in managing the endowment and utilizing the venues for hosting sporting and training events. For more information see utaholympiclegacy.com.
Utah is home to three National Governing Bodies, the United States Ski & Snowboarding Association (U.S.S.A.), United States Speedskating (U.S.S.) and USA Climbing, and continues to focus efforts on relocating other NGB’s to the State.
The Utah Sports Commission was created prior to 2002 to assist with the Legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The organization partners with venues and numerous other organizations throughout the state to attract Olympic related and other major sporting events. The State of Utah and the Utah Sports Commission continue to be actively involved in the Olympic movement through hosting Olympic related events and attending Olympic related conferences and other activities.
2002 Olympic Impact:
1. Marketing Matters; The Olympic Marketing Newsletter: Salt Lake 2002 Overview
2. Economic Impact of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games; Policy Brief: 07/25/2006
3. Utah Sports Commission; Olympic Legacy Document
4. Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee – Final Copy October 17, 2012.