Spencer Eccles to be honored for his contributions for Utah sports

Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 1 2013 11:45 a.m. MDT

He has served as a board member the of the U.S. Ski Team Foundation, Women's Ski Jumping USA, Alta Ski Lifts, Sun Valley Corp. and Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. Eccles played a vital role in the highly successful 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Utah, directing more than $30 million in support of facilities and programs to ensure their success. He was a member and contributor to the 1998 and 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committees, a member of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Games, and assisted in funding the creation of the Athletes' Olympic Village at historic Fort Douglas on the University of Utah campus, where he served as Honorary Mayor. His vital contributions and involvement were recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal, its highest honor and the first Gold Medal of the Games.

Eccles' generosity has provided Utah with sport and Olympic legacy infrastructure for the visitors to Utah and its citizens -- most particularly Utah's youth -- to utilize and enjoy for decades to come. He was instrumental in the expansion and renovation of Rice-Eccles Stadium and in the establishment of the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, Alf Engen Ski Museum and the George Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Museum at Utah Olympic Park.

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