(ATR) Organizers of the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics are gearing up for the 15th anniversary celebrations of America’s last Games.
The celebration begins the evening of Feb. 3 with a reception for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) where 300 guests are expected to attend. Former U.S. Presidential candidate and SLOC president Mitt Romney will be one of the most prominent figures in attendance.
Romney and SLOC chief operating officer Frazier Bullock will then head to Deer Valley to present medals to athletes competing at the FIS Freestyle World Cup Friday evening. Bullock tells Around the Rings that having the celebration revolve around athletes is a fitting tribute.
"I think it will be very reminiscent not only getting together of the Games but centering our reunion around wonderful athletic competition," Bullock tells ATR on the latest edition of ATRadio.
Bullock adds that the international competitions at Deer Valley and Park City demonstrate the profound impact and legacy the Olympics had on the city.
"Our games are the only games anywhere where every venue is not only in use but its busier than even at the time of the Olympics," Bullock says. "It’s a storybook for the way legacy should be done for the Olympics."
He says that more than 10,000 people are expected to attend the competitions and anniversary events over the weekend.
"The Olympics really transformed our identity and we still savor those special moments. The Olympics were so successful that everyone universally reflects upon them so fondly."
Listen to the conversation with Bullock and ATR Editor Ed Hula below:
Written by Kevin Nutley
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