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By Paul Carter

'Mormon' Olympics Just a Year Away

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- With the Opening Ceremonies to the 2002 Winter Games just one year away today (Thursday), the Denver Rocky Mountain News offered 3 and 1/3 pages in its Sunday Sports section on several aspects of the games. Topics include the readiness of the venues, tips on getting to games, comments on the bid scandal, and what to expect from "The Mormon Presence".

The article begins with the suggestion that perhaps Salt Lake City hasn't yet caught the spirit of the Olympics and presents a sampling of answers to a question that must have been similar to, "So, what do you think about the Olympics coming to town?"

A few responses of Salt Lake citizens, as quoted in the article:

"It doesn't mean much to me -- more traffic." "To tell the truth, I'm kind of disgusted -- look at all the money they've spent." "The Olympics? It's going to be here?" "I'll be gone on a (Mormon) mission. I'm glad I'll miss it."

The article does draw more serious attention to the Games. A good description of each of the venues is offered, each with its current construction status. The expected financial solvency of the Salt Lake Games is mentioned as are concerns some reporters have raised about the availability of alcoholic drinks. The current plans and legal requirements for attendees to buy beer, wine, and liquor during the Games is outlined.

Before concluding with comments on the Olympic Village for athletes, the article offers mentions by Scott Givens, who is responsible for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In response to the question of who will light the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony, he says, "Ultimately, that's a decision that will be made among the senior management of the organizing committee, much, much later on. Part of it is dependent on how we light the cauldron....The Opening Ceremony is tough, because so much of it we want to be a magical surprise."


A Pinch of Salt Lake City
Denver CO Rocky Mountain News 4Feb01 S1
By Paula Parrish


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