SALT LAKE CITY -- Former Olympians gathered at Rice-Eccles Stadium Wednesday to relight the Olympic cauldron at the University of Utah to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Games.
The evening ceremony just outside the university stadium was open to the public. Ten years ago to the date, the original cauldron was lighted.
Gov. Gary Herbert and Fraser Bullock, who was the chief operating officer of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee delivered remarks.
While the cauldron was only lit for a short time, the lighting will kick off a series of anniversary events. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will make an appearance Feb. 18 at an ice skating show at EnergySolutions Arena.
Romney was head of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee.
Team USA garnered 34 medals in the 2002 Games, breaking the previous record of 13.
A spotlight will shoot a beam of light into the sky the next 17 days.
There are many other events planned around Utah as part of the Olympic legacy.:
* Planet Rainbow at Rainbow Gardens will host a series of evnts on Feb. 11, from noon to 6 p.m. Activities include an Olympic pin show (and tell) from 1-5 p.m.; fans can hold a real Olympic tourch from 2-4 p.m., complimentary refreshments will be served at 4 p.m.; a video replay of the closing ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.
* Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center will host a 10 year cast reunion on Feb. 11 at the rink from 1-2 p.m. They are hosting a free exhibition including solos skating to Olympic music from the opening and closing ceremonies.
* The South Davis Recreation Center, with help from the Utah Figure Skating Club and Davis Youth Hockey Association, will host a special event as part of the Olympic Legacy Committees celebration on Feb. 16.
Former Olympic medalist Jozef Sabovcik and other athletes will hold a meet and greet for the community. Champions, past and present will be performing to music from the Olympic Ceremonies from 6-8 p.m. The Ice show will begin at 7 p.m.
* Feb. 17 is the big day in Weber Country. The Ice Sheet is hosting a snowshoe 5K fun run across the Weber State campus beginning at 6 p.m and concluding at The Ice Sheet where a 7:05 ceremony will honor Olympic volunteers. At 7:30, the Ogden Mustangs will play a game and between periods, the Ogden Curling Club will demonstrate curling. Olympic memorabilia also will be on display.
* The Olympic Oval will relive the Winter Olympics on Feb. 17 with a live Parade of Nations, a Children of Light figure skating performance, sport exhibitions, a torch re-lighting with past and present speedskating athletes, autographs and photos with athletes, and 2002 Olympic memorabilia. Th event runs 5-9 p.m.