Flag bearers carry the Olympic flag into the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Games.

When Utah welcomed the world

As viewers watched the medal-winning performances of Utahns on the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing, Utahns were reminded of our state’s glory in hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics.

More than 500 digital images from the Olympic Legacy and the Governor’s Olympic collections are now available for viewers, thanks to the work of Michelle Gollehon, digital content specialist of the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement. 

The collection also includes images from the 2002 Paralympics, which ran from March 7-16. The 8th annual competition in 2002 featured 415 Para athletes from 36 countries competing in 92 medal events in four sports – Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing and Para ice hockey. 

The 2022 Paralympics will begin March 4 and continue through March 13 at Beijing Olympic venues.