Olympic Day a time to celebrate

Jun 23 2013 - 11:47pm

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OGDEN -- A series of activities will be staged this week in the state to participate in Olympic Day.

The U.S. Olympic Committee reports more than 700 events will take place nationwide through next Sunday, including a pair of events at Utah Olympic Lecacy venues.

Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to the Olympic ideals of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship.

"We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids in the Ogden and Park City communities," said Chris Waddell, a 13-time Paralympic champion. "We're proud to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives."  

Wednesday, the Utah Olympic Oval will play host to a night of activities in celebration of Olympic Day.

Olympian Travis Jayner will kick off the celebration 7 p.m. Visitors are invited to join the public skating session and receive $1 off admission. 

Complimentary activities will include interactive dry-land sport fundamentals clinics, Paralympic demonstrations provided by Salt Lake County and free snacks.

On the "Road to Sochi," U.S. Speedskating will offer special appearances by local athletes in training: Jayner, Bebekah Bradford, Debra Stark, Alyson Dudek, Heather Richardson and Kimberley Derrick will sign autographs and be available for photos. 

On Friday, the Boys & Girls Club of Weber Davis will host activities for its club members and their families at Odyssey Elementary in Ogden. Children will participate in Olympic track and field events from noon until three. Waddell will present medals to participants at the end of the event.

Sunday, Olympic Day at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City is open to the public. Waddell will join the festivities as one of the featured local athletes.  The day's activities -- starting at noon -- 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 for guests to meet some of the athletes, along with live music and activities for kids. 

For information, visit www.utaholympiclegacy.com.

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