U.S. Ski Team Olympic medalists will highlight a parade and Olympic celebration Tuesday (March 30) on Park City’s historic Main Street. The community will honor the many Utah-based Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed in the 2010 Winter Games.
Headling the parade, which will feature over two dozen Olympians, will be a host of Olympic medalists. Ski medalists will include nordic combined gold and silver medalist Billy Demong, Olympic silver medalists Brett Camerota (nordic combined) and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (freestyle aerials), and bronze medalists Shannon Bahrke and Bryon Wilson (both freestyle moguls). Camerota is a homegrown Park City athlete, who learned his sport on the venues built for the 2002 Olympics. Demong, Peterson, Bahrke and Wilson all moved to Utah to take advantage of training opportunities.
Junior athletes from local winter sports clubs will accompany the Olympic and Paralympic athletes during the parade. The celebration of present and future Olympians is hosted by the Park City Chamber/Visitors Bureau, Youth WinterSports Alliance and Park City Municipal Corporation.
“Park City is proud of its athletes who competed for gold during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Bill Malone, President and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Visitors Bureau. “It’s inspiring to see the men and women who live or train in Park City compete in an internationally recognized event. These athletes deserve to be applauded for their brilliant strength and spirit during the Games, and we hope to remind Utah’s past, present and future Olympians that their community is rooting for them all the way.”
Park City is the home of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and has been the training base for the U.S. Ski Team for over 35 years. The new USSA Center of Excellence national training and education center was built as an adjunct to the 2002 Olympic venues including the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow to create one of the world’s most important winter sports centers.
The parade will begin at the top of Park City’s Historic Main Street at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at the Town Lift Plaza with a celebration featuring a performance by the School of Rock Show Band, autograph signings and photo opportunities with the athletes from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Among the other athletes participating will be 2006 gold medalist and 2010 Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety of Park City, plus short track speedskating bronze medalist Travis Jayner, Paralympic sled hockey gold medalist Greg Shaw and others.