The 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City showcased The Greatest Snow on Earth and Utah's ski resorts to the entire world. Visitors can still explore Utah's Olympic Legacy at host venues and museums, skate the same record-setting ice at the Utah Olympic Oval, race the downhill at Snowbasin Ski Resort, cross-country ski the nordic track or test their skills on Park City-area resorts where moguls and slalom events were held.
With each Olympic Games, Utah continues to shine on the biggest stage.
At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the first ever Olympic gold medal for slopestyle snowboarding went to Park City's Sage Kotsenburg.
Eleven other medals in Sochi went to athletes with Utah ties, including to skiers and snowboarders who perfected their aerials, twists and landings in Utah. A total of 55 athletes competing for the U.S. had ties to Utah, including those who live here, were educated here or called Utah home during their training. Based on ties to the state, the "country" of Utah alone achieved a top-10 finish in the medal count.
It is impossible not to get inspired watching premier athletes competing at the highest level. When you or your kids want to get involved in an Olympic winter sport, you'll want to plan a trip to Utah.