A decade after the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, you can still find reminders of the gold medal performances all across the state.
“Once you have joined that elite group of Olympic host cities, that’s what you are known for,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, who served as chief Olympic officer during the Games. “We’re very proud of the work we did to host the world and we like to keep those reminders of that special time front and center.”
The Olympics improved Utah’s infrastructure. University of Utah students benefit from housing that hosted the athletes from around the world at the Olympic Village.
Transportation improvements include Trappers Loop Road, I-80 Silver Creek and Kimball Junction, and Park City infrastructure. TRAX light rail and reconstruction of I-15 in Salt Lake County were also advanced by the Olympics—and all continue to be improved a decade later.
Park City has increased the number of pillows available by 33 percent in the last 10 years as new lodges, varying from economical to luxury, have developed throughout the area.
Residents and visitors benefit from skating, hockey, curling, track, ski jumping and other activities at the Utah Olympic Oval (Kearns), Utah Olympic Park (Summit County) and five ice sheets (Provo, Ogden, Logan, and two in Salt Lake City).