SALT LAKE CITY (December 17, 2013) – Utah, The State of Sport, is committed to its Olympic and sport legacy as it ramps up to host major events leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The events are in Utah a result of a Team Utah partnership between the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association (USSA), US Speedskating, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, the Utah Sports Commission and several of Utah’s Olympic venues.
Utah’s busy season continues as it hosts the FIS Freestyle International and Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, which will result in naming the first ever U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team.
“This season’s winter sports events will provide an estimated $27 million in economic impact to the state and will garner over $6 million in media value and promotion to Utah”, said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “These events are another example of how Utah has become The State of Sport.”
For the first time ever, the Speedskating U.S. Olympic Team Trials will air live with 13.5 hours of coverage across NBC and NBC Sports Network. Approximately 25 athletes will be named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team by the completion of the nine-day competition taking place on the “fastest ice on earth” at the Utah Olympic Oval. The Long Track Olympic Trials will be held from December 27, 2013 thru January 1, 2014, followed immediately by the Short Track Trials, which will take place January 2-5, 2014.
“The U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be a pressured packed, exciting competition at a great venue with a storied history. We have a talented group of athletes that will be fighting for a limited amount of Olympic spots which will lead to fast times and high drama”, said Ted Morris, executive director of US Speedskating. “It will be a fantastic event for kids and families to attend and see the future stars of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.”
The excitement and intensity of these events is impossible to describe. It’s worth planning a Utah vacation just to watch them. See Olympic contenders explode in joy at making the team, or drop in despair over having a bad day at the Olympic trials.
Several of the events will also present ‘villiages’ with interactive sport opportunities and the chance to meet athltes.
Here are details about upcoming places to see the hearts of the United States Olympic team athletes:
UTAH‘S OLYMPIC & SPORTS LEGACY EVENTS
Dec 28-29 U.S. Olympic Trials – Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined – Utah Olympic Park
Dec 27-Jan 1 Olympic Trials U.S. Speedskating Long Track – Utah Olympic Oval
Jan 2-5 Olympic Trials – U.S. Short Track – Utah Olympic Oval
Jan 2-8 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships – Soldier Hollow
Jan 8 Freestyle Press Conference (Olympic Uniform Unveiling) – Deer Valley Resort
Jan 9-11 Visa FIS Freestyle International World Cup – Deer Valley Resort
Jan 17-18 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face – Park City Mountain Resort
Jan 18 U.S. Olympic Freeskiiing Team Announcement – Park City Mountain Resort
Jan 25 – Olympic Aerials Team Announcement – Deer Valley Resort
UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION AND TICKETS:
Olympic Trials Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping (Utah Olympic Park) utahsportevents.org Dec. 27-28
Two-Day VIP Access $100
General Admission: Free
Nordic Combined: https://utaholympiclegacyfoundation.org/nordic-
Road to Sochi Interactive Tour (Utah Olympic Park)
Dec 28 9:30a-12:00p • Dec 29 10:00a-12:00p
10 interactive booths, meet athletes
Nordic Festival (Basic Recreation Lower Cross Country Trails Loop)
Dec 28 1:30p-5p
Community event with booths, food, kid-friendly activities
Olympic Trials Speedskating (Utah Olympic Oval) utahsportevents.org
Daily VIP $150
General Admission: Adults $8 Kids (3-5) $4
Road to Sochi Interactive Tour (Utah Olympic Oval Entrance)
Jan 3 and 4 11:00a-5:00p
10 interactive sports booths, meet athletes
Visa FIS Freestyle International World Cup (Deer Valley Resort)
General Admission Free
Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face and Olympic Team Naming (Park City Mountain Resort)
General Admission Free
Courtesy of the Utah Sports Commission