Utah House brings Utahns together in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER -- A group of Olympic fans from Utah gathered at the first "Utah House" ever organized outside the USA.

Everen "DownTown" Brown is a Utah entrepreneur who organized Utah House to celebrate his eleventh Olympics. "All these countries have houses, and I thought it's time we have Utah House," he said.

Utah House attendee Fred Lowry said, "About 10 days ago, we were waiting for the Opening Ceremonies to start, and my wife woke me up and said, ‘You've gotta book a flight tomorrow and go and see Everen and be at the Utah House. So here we are."

Another attendee said, "We've been to a couple of games, hockey games, and I met Everen at the game, and we got to chatting, and he invited me to Utah House to celebrate with him.

Brown explained, "It's just a silly idea that Utahns that are Olympic games enthusiasts gathered for one night of rest and relaxation in between events, and share our Olympic war stories."

Among the Utahns who came together to cheer for the hometown athletes was a face other Olympic enthusiasts might recognize: Salt Lake's "Pin Doctor," showing off her collection of Olympic pins.

There are still a number of Utah athletes set to compete. With or without Utah House, we'll keep cheering them on.

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