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Cauldron lighting, public events to celebrate 20th anniversary of SLC Olympics

Posted at 4:11 PM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 22:31:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Olympic cauldron will be relit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Salt Lake City hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and various events are also planned in different areas across the state over the next few months.

A formal torch lighting ceremony will be held outside Rice-Eccles Stadium Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. Governor Spencer Cox and Mayor Erin Mendenhall will speak, as well as Fraser Bullock, the president of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games. The cauldron will remain lit through Saturday, Feb. 12.

Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the 2002 games will be in attendance.

The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation also announced events planned in the Salt Lake area, Park City, Heber Valley, Ogden, and Utah County.

The full list of events is below. More information on each event can be found on the foundation's website.


  • February 8, 2022: $5 skate night at the Gallivan Center
  • February 8 – 12, 2022: Cauldron at Rice-Eccles Stadium will be lit in honor of the anniversary
  • February 18, 2022 – Public Skate & Ice Show at the Utah Olympic Oval: Join us for discounted public skate ($2.00) and rental and a Figure Skating Show!  
    • 6:00 PM – Figure Skating Show
    • 7:00 – 9:00 PM Discounted Public Skate
  • April 14, 2022: Athlete Homecoming Celebration at Governor’s Utah State of Sport Awards. Produced by Utah Sports Commission, integrated in to the Utah State of Sport Awards includes Tokyo and Beijing Olympians and Paralympians.  


  • February 7, 2022: NBC Olympic Rings tour at Utah Olympic Park. 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
  • February 10, 2022: Watch Party @ Utah Olympic Park hosted by Park City Ski & Snowboard. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Free for the public, VIP tickets available via PCSS. Live slalom, halfpipe, food trucks & hot drinks. Register here for the event.   
  • February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 19 & 20 / March 12 & 13:The Winter Sports Festival presented by Toyota will take place in City Park and provide “learn to” programming for all abilities in Figure Skating, Hockey, Sled Hockey and Speedskating. Curling will be made available as street Curling for the public to enjoy. The Winter Sports Festival will also feature a warming hut with free hot beverages, light snacks, and surprise athlete appearances like Nancy Kerrigan, Kikkan Randall, Gracie Gold, Andy Yohe and more! All equipment and rentals to participate will be free and provided on-site. “Learn to” clinics will begin Feb 11th (free skate Feb 5 & 6) and registration will open on Feb 2nd.
  • February 12, 2022: 20th Anniversary Celebration of the 2002 WinterOlympic and Paralympic Games in Downtown Park City, Bob Wells Plaza. 2:00-5:00 PM. Video board airing the Games and 2002 highlights, food and drinks (TBD), local merchants, USOPC/UOLF aligned partner activation, pin trading, athletes, winter Olympic demos/experiences, National Ability Center demos, climbing wall, caricature drawings, DJ/music, and KPCW.
  • February 4-20, 2022: Team USA Store – The Team USA Store, located at Kimball Terrace on Main Street, will be open daily to the public February 4th– 20st from 10am – 8pm Sunday through Thursday and 10am – 10pm Friday and Saturday*. The store will sell Team USA apparel from Nike and Ralph Lauren plus an exclusive line of Salt Lake City Anniversary products among other items. *Times are subject to change 
  • April 1, 2022: Youth Sports Alliance Olympic & Paralympic Homecoming Parade. Come see all of the Park City homegrown and hometown athletes parade down Main Street, Park City.
    • 5:00 – 5:45 PM parade down Main Street, speeches
    • 5:45 – 7:00 PM autographs at Town Lift Plaza
    • 6:00 – 7:00 PM concert at bottom of Main Street


  • February 4, 2022: Free Nordic Ski Day from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  
  • February 15, 2022: Tuesday Night Lights, XC Race Series. Join our race series, offering a fun, low-key opportunity to bring the local Nordic community together. Click here for additional details.  
  • February 22, 2022:IBU Youth and Junior World Championships Biathlon Opening Ceremony & races. Come watch the world’s future Olympians and world-class junior athletes compete at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center.


  • February 2 & March 2, 2022 – WEBER COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX Learn to Curl
  • Learn to Curl
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • $20.02 per day

To sign up email: Presented by the Ogden Curling Club. For additional information click here.


  • University Place Celebration 
    • February 14-26, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM display of flags, memorabilia and photos from the 2002 Games.
    • February 19, 2022 | 2:00-5:00 PM come meet 2002 Gold Medalist Derek Parra.  More details on the University Place website.
  • Peaks Ice Arena: February 12, 2022 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM: Skate like an Olympian!  Come to an extended public skate on Saturday, February 12th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.  Watch past Olympic highlights and Disney’s Miracle while on the ice!  There will be Olympic memorabilia, photo ops, raffles and goodie bags.  Regular rates apply for public skate admission and skate rental.  Goodie bags available while supplies last.