SALT LAKE CITY — Several key sites from the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics remain open today, used by serious and recreational athletes and open to visitors.
Three of the main Olympic venues are now run by nonprofits, which get their funding from grants, endowments and donations to pay for upkeep and maintenance. The sites are used by both elite athletes training for international competitions, and families and tourists enjoying seasonal activities.
At the Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, ski jump and freestyle aerials training facilities draw serious athletes, while visitors can pay to take a bobsled ride with a pilot or ride a skeleton down the bottom part of the Olympic track.
At the Olympic Oval Facility in Kearns, the ice rinks are used for public skating, hockey and even a curling class for children. The facility's speed skating ovals are used for instructional classes as well as training for Olympic hopefuls.
The Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah, about one hour southeast of Salt Lake City, hosts national cross country skiing and biathlon competitions, runs a junior cross country racing team and has a tubing hill that is popular among children and families. In the summer, the venue hosts an international sheepdog championship that draws more than 25,000 people.
The rest of the Olympic sites were private ski resorts or arenas that contracted with the Olympics for use of the facilities.
The Olympic cauldron and the arch that served as the backdrop for medal ceremonies still sit outside the University of Utah's football stadium, which was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies.
That's on the east side of Salt Lake City, and there's some talk the cauldron and arch could move downtown so the university can expand Rice-Eccles Stadium and the city can add a more visual reminder of its Olympic legacy.