As the 2018 Olympic games get underway in Pyeongchang, Parkites are caught in a multi-dimensional emotional time warp. We’re glued to today’s news so we can hear about our local athletes who are competing in South Korea, and we’re swept back in time to reminisce how incredible the 2002 Olympics were and how they changed Park City forever. On top of this, we’re also now zooming forward years into the future in anticipation of our recently announced Olympic bid for 2026 or 2030. This week, Utah let the entire world know that we are ready, willing, and able to host the
Winter Olympics again. In fact, WE COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!
We’ll host it better, stronger, faster … and cheaper!
“We are in a great, tremendous position to host the Winter Olympics again,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said after the Utah Olympic/Paralympic Exploratory Committee voted unanimously to encourage Salt Lake City and the state to go for whichever Games is available. Utah’s Olympic exploratory committee concluded that Utah could host the Winter Games again without losing money thanks to existing venues and the budget expertise of a team that put on the 2002 Olympics. Park City hosted over half the events in the 2002 Games and would expect to do the same if Utah wins the bid.
When you don’t know what to do, throw a party!
When Parkites feel pulled in too many directions and can’t seem to focus on just one thing to be excited about, we just throw a big party and celebrate everything. So, that’s precisely what we’re doing this Saturday, February 10th – attending the all-town, Olympic Team USA party on Main Street. We’re going to cheer on and celebrate our local athletes and their teammates in South Korea. We’re going to tell tall tales of what we did in 2002 that made those Olympics so successful. We’re going to tell even taller tales of how Park City will make the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics the best Games in history. This Saturday, close to 4,000 people will join together on Main Street between 1:00pm and 7:00pm to participate in Olympic-themed activities like pin trading, an opportunity to try the Olympic sport of curling, and other interactive offerings. Former Olympic athletes are expected to attend for autograph sessions. A concert with Good Charlotte and Sleeping with Sirens is planned as a highlight.
We at Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris hope you’ll join us this Saturday, 1:00pm – 7:00pm on Historic Main Street to celebrate, remember, and look forward to all things Olympic in Park City!