Something in the water in Utah breeds great Olympic athletes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 19, 2010 11:19 am

It’s gotta be in the water. What else? Why is it that so many “Utahns” are such great Olympians? Keep in mind that the 2002 Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, so clearly the Olympic Gods feel the vibes emanating from the state as well.

Off the top of our heads, here a few great Olympians who currently reside, grew up, or train in Utah: Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, Shannon Bahrke, Billy Demong, Shauna Rohboch, Valerie Fleming, Zach Lund, Louie Vito…among several others. Bam. Those are 8 athletes who could all be on the cover of a Wheaties box.

Utah is home to the Center of Excellence in Park City—not open to the public it’s that cool—where athletes like Vonn and Vito prepare for their greatness in these Olympic Games. Aerial skier Emily Cook, from Utah, spent the whole summer training in the Utah Olympic Park splash pool, where she built fitness and focused on technique refinement. Before the Games started she was quoted as saying “My number one priority is taking one day at a time and loving the experience of the journey. That’s how I’ll be prepared when the big day comes”.

While the Center of Excellence may not be open to the public, the Utah Olympic Park is. That’s where the world’s best bobsledders, lugers, skeleton racers freestyle skiers and ski jumpers train. As a tourist, you can take a ride down the bobsled track. If that scares you, head to the Utah Olympic Oval, home to the best US speed skaters near Salt Lake City. Home to the “Fastest Ice on Earth”, 10 Olympic records and eight world records have been set there. Take a skate lesson taught by a U.S. registered Figure Skating coach!

With all of these venues, (including the Olympic Cauldron Park and the Olympic Legacy Plaza), all of these athletes and all of this reputation…we’re just sayin, there’s got to be something in the Utah water.