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Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns

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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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  • This was out of the way from where we were staying in park city but worth the trip. The price for skating and rentals was very reasonable and it was pretty cool getting to skate on the ultra smooth ic...  more »
  • Definitely a must see when you’re in the area...great ice and lots of public skate time! They have pretty good rentals too!  more »
  • In between swim events we walked over to see the oval. A few people were figure skating and the club team was practicing speed skating. It's was cool to see them up close. A member of the team talked ...  more »
  • I think this is one of the coolest places to see Olympic caliber athletes. Not only can you watch them compete, but you yourself can also skate on the ice! Such a fun place to go for a party or outing. You can learn to curl if you are lucky. I would recommend to all. Plenty of parking. The traffic might be a little hairy coming from salt lake so just leave earlier.
  • If you love any ice related winter Olympic sport this place can whet your appetite. Classes on skating, hockey, curling are offered as well as public skate times. If you speed skate this is the pinnacle to aspire to!
  • Awesome spot, nearby. There's always something going on or to do. Very family friendly with tons of parking.
  • It's a really nice place to go for an evening of skating. It doesn't get too crowded usually and the price is really good.
  • Great ice and facility. The keep it clean and fast.

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