• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Utah to host 50 Ukrainian winter sports athletes and support staff

ByJulie J. Helfer

May 19, 2022

The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation hosts Ukrainian athletes, coaches and family members who have been displaced by war. Many American ski and snowboard athletes train in Park City, and the area has extensive facilities. NEW

A group of 10 Ukrainian curlers have already arrived in the US state of Utah.

39 freestyle ski athletes, coaches and family members are expected to arrive in June.

“Utah has long been a home for international athletes and we believe it is our duty to step up and support Ukrainian winter sports teams,” said Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO, Colin Hilton.

“We have incredible resources and a caring, hospitable community that knows that when there is a need, we do something about it.

“Our Legacy Foundation looks forward to coordinating services for these young athletes, coaches and family members from Ukraine.”

Curlers train at the Utah Olympic Oval and the Weber County Rink.

They live in housing at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The freestyle skiing group will be based at Utah Olympic Park in Park City.

“Utah has a long and proud tradition of welcoming refugees to our state,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox said.

“This is an incredible opportunity to support our Ukrainian friends as they pursue their goals in sport and in life.”

Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and the area has remained a hub of elite winter sports activity with extensive training facilities.

Park City is the base of American skiing and snowboarding.

Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Image © PlanetSKI

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

The International Olympic Committee has recommended banning athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus from major sports competitions.

Image c/o PlanetSKI

Sunshine is getting ready for her… ›