Standard-Examiner readers were invited to share their favorite 2002 Winter Olympic memories:
My love of the Olympic games goes back many years. When I needed a knee operation several years ago, I scheduled the procedure so I could watch the summer games as I recovered.
My real involvement began in about 1992 when I began teaching World Geography at Central Davis Jr. High in Layton. I developed a unit where my classes selected countries which could host the Winter Games. They then went through the bid process with their presentations.
We had IOC members (class members) who, after the presentations, selected the group which made the best presentation. The room was decorated, we had music, and the winner from each class was named. The next day we had our own take on the actual Games.
It was the most fun two -week unit of the year. I was able to get material from the Salt Lake Bid Committee to help make it more real.
Because of that beginning, the following also happened:
1. I was one of four chaperones to 14 ninth grade students selected by essay to represent the youth of Utah at the bid presentation in Budapest, Hungary in 1995. I could write an entire book about the marvelous experiences we had there.
2. There were two IOC members from other countries who visited my school and spoke to my Geography students.
3. I was on two different committees which contributed lesson plans about the Olympic Games to the public schools in Utah (and other states).
4. After selecting the country of Belarus as our sister country for the Games, I took some students to the SLOC office to meet with dignitaries from Belarus.
5. I was the school representative for the Games, and hosted many activities during that time. Central Davis took advantage of all the opportunities which were presented by SLOC (pre-event tickets, poster contests, etc.).
6. I took two weeks off school to be a volunteer. I was assigned the Information tent for the events at Snow Basin. Our additional duties was to work at the Opening and Closing ceremonies at Rice Stadium.
7. Because of my long-time involvement with the Olympics, I was selected by Davis School District to receive a special award from Coca Cola. Each district chose one teacher to receive two tickets to each of four Olympic events, several nights stay at their headquarter hotel in Salt Lake, meals there, plus several items of Olympic gear.
8. During the Para Olympic Games, my school raised $1,800 for the athletes from Armenia after they visited out school, something I am very proud about.