Utah Olympic Park gears up for post-Olympic winter activities

<p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>Although the Winter Olympics were held at Salt Lake City’s Olympic Park nearly 14 years ago, winter</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://www.parkrecord.com/sports/ci_27011715/utah-olympic-park-readies-post-olympic-winter”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>activities are still going strong at the park.</span></a></p><p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>Last season, the park experienced a busier season than usual in preparation for 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, hosting a variety of World Cup and Olympic Qualifying events. While the excitement from that Winter Olympics has waned, recreational and professional athletes are looking forward to the park’s winter activities this season.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>The Comet Bobsled rides, one the</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://utaholympiclegacy.com/park-activities/”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>park’s most popular activities,</span></a> <span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>began on Friday, Nov. 28 and will continue until the end of March 2015. Another of the park’s most popular activities, the Zipline and drop tower, will be available as weather permits.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>”To be perfectly honest, it’s really weather-driven,” said said Sandy Chio, marketing director of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. “Those activities are actually fun when it’s a good spring day out and not quite as fun if it’s a blustery winter day.”</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>The park also offers a variety of activities for children and adults new to winter sports, including beginner ski and bobsled programs. In fact, of the estimated 51 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 and 17, nearly</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://blog.chalktalksports.com/why-custom-sports-gifts-make-the-perfect-holiday-gifts/”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>27.4 million participate in sports in some form,</span></a> <span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>either casual or organized.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>The park’s aerial training facility — the four massive wooden ramps skiers descend to go airborne before landing into a 700,000-gallon swimming pool — is</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://www.sltrib.com/news/1689053-155/olympic-park-winter-utah-ramps-training”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>currently undergoing a $3 million renovation project</span></a> <span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>after over two decades of consistent use. The facility will debut eight ramps instead of four, and the pool’s capacity will be increased to more than one million gallons upon its reopening in June 2015.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>”Every day, all through the summer from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., the facility is being used by various groups, everyone from beginners to development athletes to the elite U.S. National teams,” said Colin Hilton, president and CEO of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. In addition to increasing capacity, the expansion project’s array of ramps at varying lengths and launching angles also provides superior training facilities for athletes.</span></p>

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