Published: January 14, 2011 at 7:57 AMDoes anyone even remember the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics? That counts!!!
Published: January 14, 2011 at 6:10 PMNick, my wife and I went to Salt Lake 2002. She was chosen to carry the torch in the torch relay leading up to the Games (she carried it in Columbus, Ohio)and we were in Salt Lake City for the Opening Ceremonies and the first week of events. We saw men's speed skating, women's downhill, men's figure skating finals, and lots of stuff around Salt Lake City. We stayed with a host family who took to lots of places we wouldn't have known to see. It's a great city and it put on a great Winter Olympics!!
Published: January 16, 2011 at 12:41 AMThe 1904 St. Louis "Olympic Games" are a fascinating part of Olympic history. From what I have read and heard, most athletes present at the 1904 games were not even aware they were participating in an Olympics! Another tidbit: the ice cream cone was a culinary creation which made its debut at the 1904 Expo.
I know Time-Life produced a book on the history of the modern Olympics and there's a treasure trove of info and history on the IOC website.
BTW Salt Lake City hosted the Olympic WINTER Games, as did Lake Placid NY (twice) and Squaw Valley, CA.