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Experience Olympic Day at the Utah Olympic Park June 21

PARK CITY, Utah — Celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic spirit and the unity of sport on Friday, June 21 at the Utah Olympic Park for Olympic Day.

Guests will be given an event passport upon entry to encourage participation in an array of free activities. If they fill out their entire passport, they’ll receive free entry to the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Pool Show.

Free activities to encourage movement will include a push track experience, laser biathlon, a workout session with an Olympian, National Ability Center adaptive biking, the “Let’s Move” station and Action Tower activities from 3 p.m to 6 p.m.

They’ll also have a DJ and photo booth aas part of the entertainment and fun.

The Alf Engen Ski/2002 Olympic Museum will have an Olympic Day memorabilia exhibit from 3 to 6 p.m. An Olympic and Paralympic athlete meet and greet and autograph signing is available from 4 p.m to 6 p.m before the culmination of the evening in the exciting Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show at 6:30 p.m.

Olympic Day flag at the Utah Olympic Park.
Olympic Day flag at the Utah Olympic Park. Photo: Michele Roepke // TownLift

The Flying Ace All-Stars show features Team USA Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders performing aerial acrobatic feats as they soar up to 60 feet in the air before splashing into the Park’s Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool.

Also on the 21st, Utah Olympic Oval Olympic Day will feature skating, hockey and curling sport demos for you to try each sport for free from 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m. Public Skate will follow from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.

“Sport always builds bridges and brings people together in peace and solidarity. On this Olympic Day, please join us as we call on everyone around the world: give peace a chance.”  IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

It was in 1947 in Stockholm, that Doctor Gruss, IOC member in Czechoslovakia, presented a report on a World Olympic Day celebration which would primarily be a day of promoting the Olympic idea. The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were put in charge of organizing this event and were requested to choose a date between 17 and 24 June, thereby celebrating the founding of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894, where Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games.

The United States began celebrating Olympic Day in 2009, and it has continued to grow each year. In 2017, more than 560,000 individuals participated in 2,400 Olympic Day celebrations all across the country. Host organizations and cities joined more than 950 Olympians, Paralympians, coaches and hopefuls in celebrating in their communities.

Written into the 1978 edition of the Olympic Charter, the day celebrates fitness, well-being, sport culture and educational opportunities, while promoting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality.

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