Utah Athletics Reacts To Salt Lake City Being ‘Preferred Host’ For 2034 Olympics

Nov 29, 2023, 1:41 PM


SALT LAKE CITY – The 2034 Winter Olympics are another step closer to coming to Salt Lake City after the International Olympic Committee announced it as the “preferred host” on Wednesday, November 29.

Most of the reactions across social media have been positive including some funny reactions to how old people will be when 2034 hits.

For Utah Athletics and those working within it, the thoughts of hosting another Winter Olympics is an exciting opportunity. Especially with the growth the university and its facilities have experienced since they helped to host the 2002 Winter Games.

Utah Athletics Reacts To Possibly Hosting The 2034 Winter Olympics

After the announcement was made, the Utah Athletics posted to X their excitement over the next step being taken to host the Winter Olympics once more.

Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan also shared his enthusiasm at the idea of the Winter Games coming back to Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.

Senior Associate A.D. for Strategic Communications Paul Kirk was also all in on sharing the eagerness of Utah Athletics and the Salt Lake Community to get to work on preparations to welcome the world.

2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics

Salt Lake City played host to the 2002 Olympic Games and must have made its mark the IOC.

In 2022, the city celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 2002 Games. The celebration included discounted skate nights, lighting the Cauldron at Rice Eccles Stadium and a winter sports festival in Park City, Utah.

From that celebration it was clear; Utahns are still excited about the Olympics.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by KSL Sports (@kslsports)

Utah Athletics Former Olympic Venue Ready For 2034

Many of the competitive venues used for the 2002 Games are still in use today and serve as essential training grounds for future winter athletes.

Rice-Eccles Stadium, where Utah football plays games on the University of Utah campus, is among one of those many venues that not only has been continually cared for since the 2002 Winter Olympics but upgraded as well.

On November 13, 2018, the University of Utah announced an expansion project for the south endzone of RES that coincided with an IOC meeting that same day.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Michelle Bodkin (@bodkinkslsports)

That project was set to open in 2022 but the completion date was expedited to 2021 due to the 2020 Covid-19 season not allowing fans in the stands.

It was the first major facelift the stadium had received since breaking ground in June of 1997 and re-opening on September 12, 1998, in preparation to host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 winter games.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on XInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.


KSL 5 TV Live

Dozens gathered at the steps of the Utah Capitol on Saturday in support of Ukraine on the second of...

Brianna Chavez

Dozens gather in support of Ukraine two years since Russia’s invasion

Dozens gathered at the steps of the Utah Capitol on Saturday in support of Ukraine on the second of anniversary of Russia's invasion.

2 hours ago

KSL Sports

Utah Basketball Has Road Difficulties Once More, Fall To Colorado

The Runnin’ Utes finish up a three-game road trip in Boulder Saturday evening against the Colorado Buffaloes.

2 hours ago

KSL Sports

Real Salt Lake Picks Up Draw Against St. Louis City SC

Real Salt Lake played St. Louis City SC to a 1-1 draw at CITYPARK. Chicho Arango's 100th career goal marked the first of the year for RSL.

2 hours ago

KSL Sports

Garett Bolles In Attendance For Utah Basketball Game Against Colorado

The Runnin' Utes had Utah football alum Garett Bolles and his family in attendance for their game against the Colorado Buffaloes.

3 hours ago

FILE - The Utah Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023. A Utah legislative committee voted not to advanc...

Daniel Woodruff

Utah lawmaker’s push to regulate short-term rentals falls short

A Utah legislative committee voted not to advance a bill that would have imposed regulations on short-term rentals in the state.

3 hours ago

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Sports

Cristian Arango’s 100th Goal Gives Real Salt Lake Late Lead Over St. Louis City SC

Real Salt Lake is on the board as Cristian Arango finds the back of the net with a 74th-minute goal to give his team a late 1-0 lead.

3 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.

Utah Athletics Reacts To Salt Lake City Being ‘Preferred Host’ For 2034 Olympics