University creates Olympic exhibition

By: Meisha Christensen

SALT LAKE CITY – It was the moment hundreds had been training for and anticipating.  The bright florescent lights snapped on, the triumphant music began and athletes from all around the world greeted the roaring crowd at Rice Eccles Stadium kicking off the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

The games hosted in Salt Lake are memorable for many as they think back on the exhilaration that entered the city 10 years ago.

The 10-year anniversary of the games is being honored with “The Olympic Experience Exhibition,” created at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriot Library.  The exhibition will include any documentation, specifically photographs, pertaining to the Salt Lake games.

So far more than 4,000 photographs relating to the games have been archived.  There have also been hours of video footage donated to the exhibition.

Designers of the exhibit are asking anyone who was involved with the games to donate their photographs and imagery.

The library’s special collections department is the official storehouse for documentation of the 2002 games.  All items donated will be part of official, permanent records.

All donations can be made at the Special Collections Department at the Marriot Library.  The exhibition began on Feb. 1 and will continue through the 29.

Multimedia archivist at the library Roy Webb said, “We’d love to see more donations from the public, it is through individuals that we are able to archive historic collections for future generations.”

The university played a large role in hosting the games through housing athletes and presenting the opening and closing ceremonies.  This exhibit serves as a reminder of the excitement brought during the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games.