Utah still has that Olympic spirit.
Hard to believe it's been more than 10 years since the Winter Olympics were here in Utah. As the IOC starts its build-up to the Sochi Winter Games in Russia in early 2014, the U.S. will celebrate with more than 700 events around the nation over the next week.
In Utah, that means events at Utah Olympic Park, the Utah Olympic Oval ... and Odyssey Elementary School in Ogden.
On Wednesday, the Olympic Oval in Kearns will host a night of activities beginning at 7 p.m. Speedskaters Travis Jayner, Bebekah Bradford, Debra Stark, Alyson Dudek, Heather Richardson, and Kimberley Derrick will sign autographs and take photos.
Other activities include interactive dry-land sport fundamentals clinics, Paralympic demonstrations, as well as a public skate.
Next Friday, the Boys & Girls Club of Weber Davis will host activities for its club members and their families at Odyssey Elementary. The youngsters will enjoy track and field events starting at noon. Chris Waddell, a 13-time Paralympic medalist, will join in activities designed to encourage youth to be active, and present medals to participants.
On June 30, the Utah Olympic Park in Park City will open to the public at noon. Activities include The Flying Aces All-Stars Freestyle Show, the debut of the new museum exhibit featuring women's ski jumping, and a meet- and-greet with area athletes.
For information, visit utaholympiclegacy.com.
Rough and dirty
Two obstacle races next weekend include the Kiss Me Dirty Ogden 5K at the Weber County Fairgrounds, as well as the Reebok Spartan Beast Race 10K at Soldier Hollow in Midway.
So, how do you like your fun runs?
Is this their year?
Real Salt Lake has now won four straight coin flips as U.S. Soccer determines host teams for this year's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This week, RSL found out it will host a semifinal in August if it can defeat the NASL Carolina Railhawks this coming Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Statistically -- I am told -- the probability of winning four coin flips in a row is 6.25 percent.
Real Salt Lake has never won the U.S. Open Cup.
Congratulations to the new inductees to the Utah Softball Hall of Fame. The group includes Leonard "Odell" Kirk of Layton, Ron Nelson of Willard, Ivan Christensen of Providence as well as Mark Baldwin and Arnold "AJ" Christensen, both of Wellsville.
The others are Tommy Bahan of Park City, Debbie Butler of Erda, Lynn Christensen of Washington, Terry Jordan of Price, Mel Moon of Salt Lake City, Lisa Parker of Murray, Jim Peacock of St. George, and Sharon Seppi of Taylorsville. They'll be inducted on July 12 at the Larry H Miller Softball Complex, 4400 S. 13th East in Salt Lake City.
Eagle Mountain Golf Course is hosting its Clubs for Kids day from 9 a.m. to noon. They're planning a trick shot show and lots of fun contest. The event is free. ...
Former Ogden Raptor Prince Fielder made the Sports Illustration cover, along with bash brother Miguel Cabrera. It's Fielder's second SI cover appearance. ...
Jazzman DeMarre Carroll will appear in Brigham City on Friday at 5 p.m. at Wadman Court in Rees Pioneer Park. Local youth and their families are invited to attend, and play with the popular player. ...
Incoming freshman Carly Trueman will represent the USA and the University of Utah volleyball team in the ninth annual European Global Challenge July 14-19 in Pula, Croatia. ...
Utah State soccer student-athlete Shay Haddow has been participating in the NCAA's Career Sports Forum this week in Indianapolis. ...
Jeremy Winn has been named an assistant AD for development/major gifts at Utah State University.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.