Keeping the Olympic dream alive in Park City, Utah

Entering the top of Ski Jump at the Winter Olympic Park in Park City, Utah
Entering the top of Ski Jump at the Winter Olympic Park in Park City, Utah
Didn’t qualify to compete in Sochi this year? Still want to feel like an Olympian?

Long after hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City is just as busy; training athletes for their next competition and entertaining everyday thrill seekers who want to experience 5 G’s of punishing pressure on their poor bodies.

For a scant $200, I was ready to sign away the health risks and rip down the Olympic Park bobsled course called The Winter Comet on Monday. But, alas, as of March 29, the ride closed for the season.

By only 2 days, I missed my fleeting dream of rocketing down a twisty labyrinth of icy track at 75 mph inside an aerodynamic shell driven by an Olympic star. Sigh.

Of course, Ski Jumping legend Alf Engen would consider my ambition child’s play compared to what he accomplished. At the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, I learned about his world record-setting career and the history of skiing admiring a display of Hall of Fame biographies, a film and a vast collection of trophies.

The Museum recently added a ride that takes you on a virtual extreme parachute skiing adventure. Wind, snow add to the overall experience while you’re strapped to a chair lift for a couple minutes.

For $5, it was clearly not The Comet ride I was longing for…

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah

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