- 2002 Winter Olympics
Name = XIX Olympic Winter Games
Size = 200
Optional caption = The emblem represents a snow crystal,
with the Olympic rings and "SALT LAKE 2002" below.
The colors; yellow, orange and blue;
represent the Utah landscape.
Motto = Light The Fire Within
Host city =
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Nations participating = 77
Athletes participating = 2,399 (1,513 men, 886 women)
Events = 78 in 7
Opening ceremony =
February 8, 2002. Opening
Closing ceremony =
February 24, 2002. Closing
Officially opened by = President George W. Bush
Athlete's Oath =
Judge's Oath =
Olympic Torch = Members of the 1980 USA
men's ice hockey team, led by
Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games were a winter multi-sport eventwhich was celebrated in 2002in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The motto chosen was "Light The Fire Within"
Salt Lake City became the most populated area to have ever hosted a Winter Olympics; at the time of the Olympics its metropolitan population was 1,516,227 [ [http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metropop/table06.csv Salt Lake population figures] by the
United States Census] . It was also the most ecologically varied area to hold the Winter Olympics; a large hot and arid desert lies just to the west of Salt Lake City.
Other candidate cities were:
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Sion, Valais, Switzerland; and Östersund, Sweden. Salt Lake City was selected as host city on June 16, 1995, at the 104th IOC Sessionin Budapest, Hungary. Olympic venues were scattered around Salt Lake City, as well as in the mountains at Park City, Ogden, and Provo. Athletes were housed in the Olympic Village at the University of Utah.
The information below comes from [http://www.aldaver.com/votes.html the International Olympic Committee Vote History] web page.
77 National Olympic Committees sent athletes to the Salt Lake City games.
*flagIOC|USA|2002 Winter (host)
2002 Winter Paralympics
Winter Olympic Games
International Olympic Committee
IOC country codes
Call of the Champions, the Olympic theme song for 2002
* [http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=2&OLGY=2002 IOC Site on 2002 Winter Olympics]
* [http://www.technifex.com/pages/projects/projects_2002.html Pictures from the opening and closing Ceremonies]
* [http://www.marcolympics.org/jeux/2002-2004/winter/index.php The program of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics]
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