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Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns

Categories: Fun & Games, Sports Complexes
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Utah Olympic Oval was built with the purpose of hosting speed skating competitions during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, but serves as a legacy to the State of Utah for all members of the community to enjoy. The Oval, as well as the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, is operated by the Utah Athletic Foundation. The Oval is part of a multi-purpose recreation complex that includes recreational gyms, weight facilities and swimming pools.

With an incredible 10 Olympic records and eight world records, the Utah Olympic Oval stands uncontested as the "Fastest Ice on Earth" following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. As impressive as the record breaking performances were, it was the performance of the U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team during the Games that has generated a worldwide "buzz" surrounding the Utah Olympic Oval. The team relocated to Salt Lake City in January of 2001 to begin training in the Olympic venue 12 months before the rest of the world was expected to arrive. At the end of the 2002 Games, the U.S. Speedskating team had garnished an astonishing eight Olympic medals won by six individual team members. The depth and success of the U.S. team caused the rest of the world to take notice and attention quickly turned to the concept of home field advantage. The athletes were generous with their praise, identifying the training environment at the Utah Olympic Oval as a huge factor in helping them realize their full potential as Olympic athletes. The U.S. Speedskating team continues to use the UOO as its home training base for the men's and ladies' long track team because of the services the Oval provides and the friendly, experienced staff who works there.

The Utah Olympic Oval successfully hosted its first major international speed skating competition three weeks after the completion of the oval construction in February 2001. The success of the 2001 World Championships Speed Skating Single Distances event was overwhelming, bringing more than130 athletes from 20 countries to Salt Lake City for this prestigious competition. As a preview to the Olympics in 2002, an incredible five world records were broken in the Utah Olympic Oval's debut competition. The format of the Single Distances Championships is very similar to that of the Olympic Games making this event a great test and learning tool for the staff, volunteers and facility.
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  • The Utah Olympic Oval is located a little way outside Salt lake city. Caution: do not open every day! We were there on Sunday morning to far gone and nothing was there to experience.
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  • Fun skating on the fastest ice on earth - great events locally were you can see future Olympians and international speed skaters up close. Two thumbs up! 
  • Great place for Long Track, Short Track, and visit when coming to Utah. FYI: The Olympic Oval is not that cold compared to other Ice Rinks. 
  • Every year my lab goes here to curl. In addition to curling, there is obviously skating. It's fun to skate at this old olympic venue. The prices are good and they are very family friendly.
  • Great place to learn curling. So I have always thought that curling seemed like a boring sport but I went to the Olympic oval and had a one class lesson for curling and I had a great time! The facilities were great and the instructor was a lot of fun. $15 for a lesson if I remember correctly.
  • My Daughter takes ice skating lessons here. Most of the teachers are good. She didn't like one of them but they still gave her plenty of instruction. The prices are reasonable, public skating is reasonable as well.
  • The Olympic Oval has always been one of my favorite places to visit, whether with family, friends, or alone. Adults can skate during public hours for $5, which includes access to the rink as well as skate rentals. The experience of skating on the same track used during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games is one-of-a-kind. Banners line the walls and under-ice logos are visible as you skate past. If you get out of line, the staff will kindly remind you to follow the rules, but that is expected. Overall, the Olympic Oval is a great place to learn how to skate, brush-up on your skating skills, or master the art of skating.
  • Jae is that worst hockey manager there could possibly be. I've never met someone so selfish and all about themself when trying to run a hockey program. If you like paying for your kid to learn hockey from someone else who doesn't know hockey then go to the oval under jae's programs. If you want to pay for his "friends" to play then go to the oval. I've never seen such a bad hockey program being run by someone who knows little about hockey. Hockey in Utah is trying to progress and Jae takes it back to the beginning. The Utah Olympic oval needs to hire someone to run the hockey program who knows hockey and wants to teach kids the correct way of playing and wants to run a successful program. Having your friends who play in your adult league who you have coach beginning players is a joke. These kids need actual teachers who know the game instead of dads who started 2 weeks ago for free because there friends with Jae. Alot of the people at the oval have made complaints about him and have said he doesn't really know what he's doing but when he lets the general manager and his kids play for free it doesn't really matter. Have you ever heard of an invitation only drop in? Probably not cause it's what Jae does to give free ice time to his friends/buddy's. Anything hockey, I would stay away from the oval, I've kept my name anonymous due to affiliation with the oval.
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