SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah will host five major winter action sports events, including the official announcement of the first U.S. freeskiing Olympic team, leading up to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement Friday along with Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the Olympic governing body for skiing and snowboarding.
"Since 2002, Utah has established itself as a hub for both summer and winter action sports," said Jeff Robbins, president of the Utah Sports Commission. "This partnership with the USSA and our terrific world-class winter venues is another example of Utah leveraging its sports infrastructure and resources to bring top action sports events and athletes to our state."
his action sports series will provide an estimated $15 million in economic impact and $5 million in media value to Utah, and is a welcome extension of Utah's success in continuing its Olympic legacy. The event again underscores why Utah is 'The State of Sport'," Herbert said.
Utah’s Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort will host events in freestyle skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
The series will culminate with the announcement of the Olympic freeskiing team in January 2014.