"Winter Olympics 2002" Utah Sports & Outdoors Tip by grandmaR

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When I arrived in Salt Lake, another traveler commented to me that the airport was going to be a giant mega-bottleneck during the Olympics because it was so inefficiently managed. They couldn't even tell us which carousel our luggage would arrive on.

We only got to see the 2002 Winter Olympics on TV, so that didn't worry me too much. Bob was recovering from his heart attack, and it was an interesting thing to watch at that time. My picture looks a little like the one that's on the Olympics website.

KEY FACTS

Opening date:
08 February 2002 (the day that Bob had his angioplasty)

Closing date:
24 February 2002

Country of the host city:
United States of America (USA)

Candidate cities:
Östersund (SWE), Quebec (CAN) and Sion (SUI)

Equipment: Summary of the games from the Olympics website:

The Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games saw the expansion of the Olympic programme to 78 events, including the return of skeleton and the introduction of women's bobsleigh. Athletes from a record 18 nations earned gold medals. Canadian teams won both the men's and women's ice hockey tournaments. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen earned gold medals in all four biathlon events and Samppa Lajunen in all three Nordic combined competitions. Alpine skier Janica Kostelic won three gold medals and one silver. Simon Ammann scored unexpected victories in both individual ski jump events. Speedskater Claudia Pechstein earned her third straight gold medal in the 5,000m race and also won at 3,000m. By taking the silver medal in singles luge, Georg Hackl became the first person in Olympic history to earn a medal in the same individual event five times in a row. Short track speedskater Yang Yang (A) became the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Games. Competing in the women’s bobsleigh, Vonetta Flowers became the first black athlete to earn winter gold, while ice hockey player Jarome Iginla followed as the first black male winner.

Participation:
77 National Olympic Committees (Nations)
2,399 athletes (886 women, 1,513 men)
78 events
22,000 volunteers
8,730 media (2,661 written press, 6,069 broadcasters)

Theme: Skiing/Snowboarding
Website: http://www.olympic.org/uk/index_uk.asp

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 13, 2003
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