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Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns

(4.4/5 based on 25 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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  • When near Salt Lake City, attend the "Learn to Curl" class at the Olympic Oval. So much fun! We were complete newbies at the start and were strategizing our win by the end. Our 24 year old son and his...  more »
  • During the Christmas season the Oval is closed but the parking lot is used for a drive through, 1 mile, 1 million+ lights show synched to music. Cost was about $25 per car. Reservations needed. All I ...  more »
  • 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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  • What a fun place to be for any party and whether you are on a date or with your family. Our favorite is the Christmas party with Santa every year. Going up with the Trappist was our favorite; beside the face painting and hanging with Elsa. We can't wait to go again this year.
  • This place is impressive. I love coming here even if it's just to see the incredible building. They also have an awesome rec center here.
  • Had physical therapy here after knee surgery. Great staff and cool location. Also a good place to play Pok√©mon GO.
  • Fun place to watch Olympic level athletes from all over the world and the ice is fast!
  • Great place to take the kids, free on limited weeknights with Kearns Fitness Center membership.