Since hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, in many ways the Olympic spirit and world-class athletes that seized Utah have never left.
The now-iconic venues — like the Utah Olympic Oval where an Australian speed skater unexpectedly took gold for the country’s first time in any Winter Olympics competition, or the Park City Mountain halfpipe where the United States snowboarding team swept the medals, or the Utah Olympic Park where women participated in an Olympic bobsleigh event for the first time — still host competitions and visitors year round. (Read: "The Fly Girls of Park City")
These world-class training and competitive facilities attract decorated and prospective athletes from all over. Part of the appeal is accessibility. Every venue is within 50 miles of downtown Salt Lake City and its international airport (SLC). This means a short-track speed skater can train with former medalists, find top-ranked and supportive employers or schools and hop on non-stop flights to Paris or Amsterdam to compete against the best. And Utah hosts some of the biggest sporting events, allowing a local ice skater or snowboarder to get a good night's sleep in their own bed.