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travel: salt lake olympics

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

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with my well known obsession for the Olympics, I just couldn’t imagine being so close to an Olympic site and not checking it out.

(although I have been to Vermont two dozen times and haven’t managed to make it to Lake Placid — a mere two hour drive west.)

i’ve been to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, to Melbourne’s Olympic Stadium, and had near misses with Canada Olympic Park in Calgary (drove by, but couldn’t stop) and Sydney Olympic Park (saw it from the air, but only had 18 hours on the ground).

Utah Olympic Park was home to 14 of the 28 events in the 2002 Olympics, including all the sliding events (bobsled, skeleton, luge) and the jumping events (ski jump, Nordic combined).

at the park, a multiple-sport Olympian (one of them for ballet skiing, apparently) took us around to the five venues, and Terry Kent (sliding venue announcer for the last three Olympics) talked us through what it was like in Vancouver.

great experience. stunning views.

it was mainline-ing the Olympic experience to someone who’s already an Olympic junkie … something tells me it’s only going to make things worse.

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travel: salt lake olympics, utah