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Catch the Olympic spirit and become an Olympian without leaving Utah

Published: Monday, Jan. 27 2014 10:22 a.m. MST

Tom Smart, Deseret News
The Winter Olympics arrived in Utah in February of 2002 ... and never really left.

Since 2002, almost on a daily basis in Utah in colder months, there are bobsleds streaking down the icy track, speed skaters gliding on the oval, stones sliding down the lane, skiers carving turns and snowboarders getting air.

Those participating are, in many cases, new to the Olympic experience. Occasionally a trained athlete will test tracks and courses, but for the most part participants are people coming from homes, schools and non-Olympic backgrounds to at least sample the Olympic experience.

Of the 15 events scheduled in Sochi, Russia next month, nine are available to would-be Olympians here in Utah.

They include bobsled, skeleton, hockey, skating, curling, cross-country skiing, biathlon, alpine skiing and snowboarding.

So, for those wanting to try an Olympic event here’s a list:
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