SALT LAKE CITY -- When the Winter Olympic Games begin Friday in Vancouver, you can bet there will be plenty of Utahns in the stands. For many, the connection to the Olympics started well before Salt Lake City ever played host.
Everen T. Brown truly falls into the category of Olympics super fan. The Salt Lake City advertising maven packed his bags Tuesday with his favorite Team USA gear. He leaves for Vancouver Wednesday with quite a plan for all of his fellow Utahns: Utah House. "There's the legacy of the Games of having had them here, and the great time that we all had," says Brown. "So, Utah House is to promote that and keep that legacy alive."
For Brown, this will be his 11th Olympics. He ran an Olympic torch relay leg, twice.
He started his passionate quest in 1984 at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. It now leads him to create Utah House in Vancouver.
• 5 to 9 pm
• 188 Keefer Place in the Espana building's private party room
• R.S.V.P. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown has his event tickets, of course, for everything from luge to alpine skiing and figure skating to hockey, his all-time favorite.
Utah House is a celebration of the social side of the Olympics.
"I've been to so many Olympics that I would like to meet other people from Utah who are Olympic nuts, because generally we're running around to so many events that we don't meet anyone."
Utah House is a four-hour party on prime turf in downtown Vancouver, held Feb. 25.
Utahns and Olympic athletes are all invited. If the party alone isn't enough to lure you in to Utah House, each person who shows up will receive one of two specially-designed Olympic pins. KSL got a peak at the pins today.
Brown is thrilled that the Games are nearing, and excited to share his experiences with other Utahns.
"They're going to come with either their war stories of the Olympics," he says, "or hopefully good memories to share as a group."
Our Tom Kirkland plans to be at the party. You can see the invitation to the Utah House party above and, if you'll be at the Games, check out the party for yourself.