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Film Examines Utah's Olympic Legacy

Film Examines Utah's Olympic Legacy

Posted - Feb. 26, 2004 at 5:05 p.m.



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Shelley Osterloh ReportingCan you believe it’s been two years since the Olympics were here? Two years happens to be halfway to the next winter Olympics, and a lot of people are working hard right now, to be there.

The Utah Olympic Cauldron Park with the cauldron, the arch and museum are part of the legacy of the games, and so are other facilties -- the oval, the Olympic Park in Park City, and Soldier Hollow. But others believe its the opportunity these facilities give our children to be the real legacy.

This Saturday on KSL a new documentary called "Beyond the Games" examines Utah's Olympic Legacy. The documentary looks at each of Utah's Olympic Legacy Venues a year after the games.

Matt Fults, Producer, Beyond the Games: " We saw a lot of the same Olympic athletes coming back and competing in world cup events. Saw a lot of great crowds and we saw a lot of children using the facilities and striving to be the next Derek Parra, to be the next Tristan Gale."

It is those children who learn to love winter sports that filmmakers say may benefit most from the Olympic facilities.

Matt Fults, Producer: "The best example I give you is Tristan Gale. She was a local person who, on a whim, on a dare almost, ended up trying skeleton. And she ends up winning a gold medal."

Tristan Gale, Gold Medal, Skeleton: "No little kids grow up saying, ‘I want to be a skeleton slider,’ although we are going to change that. Some day kids will want to."

Many athletes are featured in the documentary -- people like gold medalist Jimmy Shea Jr., silver medalist Bill Schuffenhauer, and bronze medalist Rusty Smith. Plus the next generations of Olympic athletes like Salt Lake City's Preston Griffall -- a champion junior Luger who had great results this year on the World Cup.

Beyond the Games includes plenty of Olympic memories, adds insight to the world of the athlete, and reminds us again that the Olympic Spirit continues to thrive in Utah.

You can watch "Beyond the Games: Utah's Olympic Legacy" this Saturday at Noon on KSL channel 5. Or you can buy the DVD at the Olympic Oval, the E-Center or online.

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