First of all, I remember when it was announced that Utah would host the 2002 Winter Olympics. I had just gotten married a few weeks earlier and our photographer, Ryan, stopped by our house (aka "the Compound") to deliver our pictures. Ryan knocked on the door and came in for a few minutes to show me the pictures. The TV was on in the background and we stopped ohh-ing and ahhh-ing over the pictures just long enough to listen to the big announcement.
7 years and a scandal or two later Salt Lake City was the host city for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
We missed most of the scandal business. We had moved to Mo and then to MI for school. During Rick's 4th year of medical school, we moved all of our belongings into storage and lived in Utah for about 8 months. (Well, the girls & I lived in Utah while Rick hopped around the country doing elective rotations for school. He lucked out and managed to get an easy rotation during February which is when the Olympics were taking place.
I got so into the Olympics. I saved all of the newspaper articles (and I still have them--I have no idea why...)
We followed the route of the torch from Athens to Salt Lake City (not literally, just on TV, of course). I remember them reporting live on TV when the torch arrived in Utah, at Delicate Arch. The Native American music playing in the background. We took note of when the torch would arrive in Provo, and made plans to be there. We created our own torch out of an empty paper towel roll, some foil, and some gold plastic wrapping paper (some things never change). We bundled up and took Summer down to LaVell Edwards Stadium to freeze our tails off while we waited for the Torch. It was me, Kris, Kyoko, and Summer. And 10,000 other crazy people. Mostly BYU students.
|Waino, Kristine, Kelli|
|Brandi & Hunter|
Oh well. It was fun. I was really glad that circumstances were such that we were able to be in Utah for this once in a lifetime (?) event.