Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as “America’s Choice” for a future Winter Olympic bid, further solidifying Utah as The State of Sport.
Created prior to the 2002 Olympics to lead Utah’s sport and Olympic legacy efforts, the Utah Sports Commission enjoys broad public and private sector support. The organization works closely with the governor, legislative leaders, local government leaders and a broad group of business and community leaders to actively integrate sport as a vital element of the state’s economic engine.
Salt Lake City’s 2002 Olympic Winter Games engaged hundreds of thousands of spectators and over 2.1 billion global broadcast viewers. The Games provided a significant economic boost to the state, legacy and its brand, and impact is still felt today. Rooted in an athletes-first philosophy, Utah’s sports culture continues to attract athletes from around the world to train and compete in a welcoming atmosphere. The Olympic spirit and its values are part of the fabric of Utah’s community.
The world-class venues built for the Games have seen continual use and upgrades. Since 2002, over 50 international World Cup or World Championship events have been held in Utah, supported by a pool of skilled volunteers. For example, the 2019 World Championships in snowboard, freestyle and freeski attracted 1,800 athletes and staff from 40 nations and engaged 500 local volunteers.
Through a $76 million endowment from Salt Lake City 2002, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation maintains the Utah Olympic Oval, the Utah Olympic Park, and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. These world-class facilities serve as Designated Official U.S. Olympic Training Sites for current and future Olympians. The foundation also celebrates the sprit of the Winter Games to inspire active, healthy lifestyles and increase community uses of these Olympic venues.
Utah’s Olympic legacy also manifests itself as the home of three Olympic governing bodies including U.S. Ski & Snowboard, U.S. Speedskating, and USA Climbing. Many national and international teams frequently use Utah venues for training and competition.
Utah’s Olympic Legacy
– US Olympic Committee selects Salt Lake City as candidate for future Winter Games via ABC4 News
– Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics via Sunbury News
– USOC selects Salt Lake City to bid on Winter Olympics via Park Record
– Salt Lake City chosen as U.S. nominee for 2030 (or beyond) Winter Olympics via Fox 13 News
– Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate via Salt Lake Tribune
– Another Olympics in Utah? Salt Lake City selected as possible 2030 U.S. bid pick via Deseret News
– Salt Lake City gets USOC go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics via ESPN
– Sarah Hirshland Opens Up After Six Months as U.S.O.C.’s Chief Executive via New York Times
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.