PARK CITY - The legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the success of the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams will be celebrated in a new Hometown Heroes exhibit at the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City. The special display commemorating local stars will open Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the museum located at the Utah Olympic Park.
One of the key benefits of the 2002 Olympics was the inspiration it provided to local athletes. Park City natives Steven Holcomb (2010 bobsled gold) and Brett Camerota (2010 Nordic combined silver), now Olympic medalists, were among those motivated. The Games also inspired 2002 silver medalist Shannon Bahrke (2010 moguls bronze) to move to Utah, as did Paralympic medalist Stephani Victor (2010 Alpine gold and silver). The new exhibit features memorabilia from all four hometown heroes.
"These hometown heroes are extremely proud of their connection to Utah," said Museum Director Connie Nelson. "We hope the exhibit will not only commemorate their accomplishments, but will also encourage youngsters in Utah to pursue their own dreams on this tenth anniversary of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City."
Holcomb piloted his way to the USA's first Olympic gold medal in bobsled since 1948 in the four-man event. Bahrke, a medalist at the Salt Lake 2002 Games, won Utah's hearts once again in Vancouver with her bronze in freestyle moguls skiing. Camerota's stellar performance on the ski jumps and cross country trails helped his team win the Nordic combined team silver medal. Victor made history in Vancouver as she claimed the gold in super combined Alpine skiing and silver medals in slalom and giant slalom.
Holcomb and Camerota both grew up in Park City. Bahrke, a California native, moved to Utah shortly after her 2002 silver and operates a thriving business, Silver Bean Coffee. Victor, a Southern California native, moved to Park City to base her training at Deer Valley Resort.
The Alf Engen Ski Museum is one of two anchor exhibits of the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center including the George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games museum. The award-winning museum is noted for its state-of-the-art interactive and virtual exhibits placing visitors in the epicenter of the past, present and future of winter sports in the Intermountain Region, including an Olympic downhill course. It provides visitors with an opportunity to experience one of the most extensive collections of ski and Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games memorabilia in America.
The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to the public.