Members of the Utah Sports Authority got their first glimpse of what the facilities that would be used for the 1998 Winter Games will look like during an update on the state's $56 million construction plans.

While there wasn't much response Wednesday to the pencil sketches of one of the facilities that will be built near Park City, designers did get a piece of advice."Remember, this is show biz," Sports Authority Chairman Ian Cumming said.

But even though the finished facilities will be seen by more than a billion people worldwide if Salt Lake City is selected in June as the site of the 1998 Winter Games, designers are trying to make them as unobtrusive as possible.

"We want them to be very sympathetic to the mountain. We want them to blend in," said Neil Richardson, chairman for the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee's technical committee.

A modern, "high-tech" look has been rejected in favor of what Richardson calls "an alpine feeling" complete with roofs sloped so that they will stay piled with snow in the winter.

Richardson's job is to make sure all the facilities share enough similar characteristics to be recognizable as Olympic sites both during and after a Winter Games.

Besides the traditional mountain look, they'll share a color scheme he described as, "soft colors. Purple, rust, a blueish green and olive. Not pastels and not primary colors."

Still to be decided are exactly what types of materials will be used. For example, both metal and wood shingles are under consideration for facility roofs.

The sketches shown at Wednesday's meeting were of the facility that will be used as a starting gate for the women's luge and men's doubles luge events. The meeting was called to update members on construction plans.

The facility, which will be one of a number of buildings at the winter sports park located in Bear Hollow near Park City, will be constructed out of wood and concrete.

The most expensive single project that will be funded by the state is the $26 million winter sports park that, besides the luge and bob sled track, includes ski jumps.

Like the other facilities described during Wednesday's meeting, the start house could be upgraded if Salt Lake City wins the 1998 Winter Games. Otherwise, it will be used as is for other competitions and training.


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Young to visit

Andrew Young, co-chairman of the Atlanta Olympic Games Organizing Committee, will visit Salt Lake City to help raise money for the city's bid for the 1988 Winter Olympics.\ Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will attend two invitation-only events April 18 and 19.