Standard-Examiner readers were invited to share their 2002 Winter Olympic memories:
"It is hard to believe that 10 years ago I was an energetic and wild fourth grader who would have never thought I'd be so lucky to be an Ice Child of Light Participant in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Now, 10 years ago, I am a college student, and every time I pass Rice Eccles Stadium, I always convince myself it was an Ice Rink first, although we all know the truth.
There are many memories and experiences I am fond of. The one that sticks out the most was all the security we had to go through. I know that doesn't sound too exciting, but let me explain. As a participant, we would practice for several hours a day wearing our skates the whole time.
My mom was aware of all the energy this would take, so being the fantastic mom that she is, she packed lots of delicious treats in my bag. Pringles, gummy bears, gummy worms, chocolate. You name it! The reason why all the security sticks out in my mind is because as we were entering the stadium to get to our locker room where we would put our skates on; there would be numerous security guards who would look through our bags as a safety precaution.
I'd say two or three security guards had said "be sure to tell your mom to not pack you so many sweets next time." They probably knew what sugar would do to a fourth grader. That's one memory I'm fond of.
Another of my favorite memories was all the volunteers and participants. Just being able to see the "backstage" portion of the ceremonies to see how it all came together and the gradual changes to make the costumes and choreography shine.
I remember Kenny Ortega's spunky personality and all the volunteers that would make sure the Children of Light were safe. I remember the hot chocolate that would be so hot it would burn your tongue, the cool hand warmers we were encouraged to get, the tents where we'd meet and talk about what we could do to be the best of the best.
The attitude everyone had was amazing! Everyone was so nice everywhere you went, even though I was young, I still remember that.
Those are the memories that I remember most and that were my favorite! Thanks for your time.