LOCAL NEWS

Parade of Olympians marches through Park City

Apr 6, 2018, 9:39 PM | Updated: Apr 17, 2023, 4:02 pm

PARK CITY, Utah – Thousands of people stood on both sides of Park City’s Main Street to cheer and say congratulations to the more than 40 Olympic athletes participating, especially to those home grown stars from Park City.

Hazel and Matt Schiller

Three-year-old Hazel Schiller was  among the excited fans Friday afternoon.

“I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking,” said her father Matt Schiller to her. “Let’s see where we can get a flag for you.”

Friday was a big day for Hazel. Not only did she get to wear her PyeongChang Olympics mascot outfit, which she even knows is named Soohorang, but she also knew she was going to see her heroes. That’s why she wanted a flag.

Thousands of people stood on both sides of Main Street to cheer and say congratulations.

“She’s on fire. We watched every event. She loved every minute of it,” her father said.

Main Street in Park City was closed for about 30 minutes so the Parade of Olympians and Paralympians could go through town.

The stars included 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist skier Ted Ligety, PyeongChang bronze medalist speedskater Mia Manganello, ski jumpers Abby Ringquist and Will Rhoads, and bobsled athlete Chris Fogt.

Ski jumper Abby Ringquist

“Being a part of this whole movement towards the Olympics in such an amazing area and an amazing community is really something special that I don’t think anywhere else has,” said Ringquist, who is from Park City.

“Park City has a huge Olympic heritage,” said Ligety. “Besides have the Olympics here and a whole plethora of Olympic athletes that have come out of here and a bunch of athletes who have won Olympic medals and Olympic gold medals, it’s so cool to have that support system.”

Ligety is also from Park City and grew up in its sports programs.

2-time Olympic Gold Medalist skier Ted Ligety

He says he knows what it’s like to look up to athletes as a young kid aspiring to make an Olympic team.

That’s why, he says, he was looking forward to the parade, because you never know when tomorrow’s athlete is the one waving at today’s athletes.

“It’s cool to be able to come in and interact with this next generation of kids coming up, because one of these kids out here will be winning medals soon enough as well,” said Ligety.

Mia Manganello Manganello's Bronze Jared Ward Thousands of people stood on both sides of Main Street to cheer and say congratulations. Olympians Waving Olympic Flag Cheerleaders Main Street Park City At the parade start Hazel and Matt Schiller Abby Ringquist Ted Ligety

Here is a list of athletes who competed in the 2018 Olympics, who were expected to be in the parade:

Ted Ligety, 2x Olympic Gold medalist, Alpine

Brita Sigourney, Olympic Bronze medalist, Freeskiing/Halfpipe

Kevin Bickner, Nordic Jumping

Chris Fogt, Bobsled

Megan McJames, Alpine

Bubba Newby, Freeskiing/Halfpipe

Seamus O’Connor Snowboard/Halfpipe

Madison Olsen, Freestyle/Aerials

Will Rhoads, Nordic Jumping

Abby Ringquist, Nordic Jumping

Morgan Schild, Freestyle/Moguls

Darian Stevens, Freeskiing/Slopestyle

McRae Williams, Freeskiing/Slopestyle

Liz Swaney, Freeskiing/Halfpipe

Stephanie Victor, 4x Paralympic Medalist, Alpine

Mia Manganello, Olympic Bronze medalist, Long Track Speed Skating.

Athletes in prior Olympics who were expected to be in the parade:

Billy Demong, Nordic Combined

Eric Heiden, Speed Skating

Summer Sanders Schlopy, Swimming

Dick Roth, Swimming

Valerie Fleming, Bobsled

Shauna Rohbock, Bobsled

Bill Schuffenhauer, Bobsled

Bryon Wilson, Moguls

Emily Cook, Aerials

Fuzz Feddersen, Aerials

Preston Griffall, Luge

Noah Hoffman, Cross Country Skiing

Jim Holland, Ski Jumping

Lauren Cholewinski Isaac, Speed Skating

Jana Johnson, Aerials

Devry Karz, Rowing

Tracy Evans Land, Aerials

Missy Marlowe, Gymnastics

Craig Rodman, Moguls

Erik Schlopy, Alpine

Carrie Sheinberg, Alpine

Sean Smith, Moguls

Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping

Jared Ward, Track & Field

Trace Worthington, Aerials

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Nichole Schmidt, mother of Gabby Petito, speaks alongside, from left, Tara Petito, Petito's stepmot...

Dakin Andone and Jean Casarez

Parents of Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie reach settlement in emotional distress lawsuit, attorney says

The families of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie have reached a settlement in a lawsuit, an attorney for the Laundries said, after Petito’s parents claimed the Laundries knew their son killed his fiancée during a cross-country road trip but intentionally withheld that information.

53 minutes ago

a woman puts an arm around a taller man...

Debbie Worthen

Family launches foundation in remembrance of loved one who drowned in Puerto Rico

The BK Outreach effort is named after Ben Kerbs, who died while swimming in Puerto Rico. His family is healing through service.

9 hours ago

Matt Gephardt, journalists, looks as paper with a woman...

Matt Gephardt and Cimaron Neugebauer

Get Gephardt: Ticketmaster seizes back purchased seats

Imagine buying tickets to a show, then having the seller refuse to give them to you. That’s what happened to a Utah woman, when she got a refund she didn’t ask for.

9 hours ago

A group of young Filipino girls are excited...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir arrives in Philippines to continue ‘Hope’ world tour

There was celebration, music and dancing as the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square arrived in the Philippines to kick of the second segment of its Hope world tour.

9 hours ago

The mug shots of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt obtained by KSL on Feb. 21 2024. It's expected th...

Shelby Lofton

Long-term therapy expected for Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt’s young victims

After their mother, Ruby Franke, and previous counselor Jodi Hildebrandt were sentenced for aggravated child abuse, it's expected the Franke children will need long-term therapy to heal from the trauma they've endured.

12 hours ago

The Larry H. Miller Company and Miller family unveiled renderings for the Power District, a nearly ...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah Legislature unveils plan to help finance new MLB stadium

Utah's taxpayer funds are intertwined in a new bill proposed to fund a stadium that will help bring a Major League Baseball team to Utah. State leaders think the investment will pay off.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Parade of Olympians marches through Park City