Taken with an iPhone and switched to mono in PS so it's all grainy and eww, but OMG ICE (which is basically what I texted *ArwenAmidala
Workers carefully measure out the dimensions of the North turn as Utah's Olympic Oval (a US Olympic Training Site) lays down its ice in preparation for a number of upcoming preps and the United States Olympic Trials. I can't believe it's almost time for me to go back to work. The Desert Classic, a popular prep among the athletes who train here during the summer, is only a month away. Oh...my...goodness.
Btw, did you know that 65% of the world's winter Olympic athletes live and train in Utah...not just the United States team? While most of them are based at the training center in Park City, Salt Lake gets a piece of that pie too. Possessing the fastest ice in the world at a high elevation, Utah's oval is a place of pilgrimage. I can't tell you how many speed skating tourists drop in every week for the experience of training at least once on it, from children as young as five to masters in their seventies. So it's no wonder then that I was not the only one standing there taking photos while they laid the ice down. It's about as close to four hundred metres of sacred ice as you can find in all the world.