- 22 Aug 2003
- IOC News
The Olympic Cup for Salt Lake City
Host City of the XIX Olympic Winter Games in 2002, Salt Lake City has been awarded the Olympic Cup, in tribute to the citizens of the capital of Utah, who welcomed the athletes of the world in a spirit of friendship, enthusiasm and sportsmanship, making these Games a shining success.
The Cup was handed officially to the City Mayor, Rocky Anderson, in the presence of many personalities, including Governor Mitt Romney, former President CEO of the Organising Committee. The ceremony took place at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium, in which the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were held in February 2002.
On behalf of the IOC President, Vice-President James L. Easton saluted “the citizens of Salt Lake City, the people of Utah and of the United States of America, thanks to whom the first Winter Games of the new Millennium were a great success in terms of both performances and organisation." He added: "Through their motto, 'contrast, culture and courage', the Salt Lake City Games showed also to the world the image of a peaceful coexistence between peoples, to which present and future generations aspire. More than ever, the Olympic Games are the dream of successive generations of athletes and young people."
Some 2,399 athletes from 77 countries took part in the Salt Lake City Games.
The Cup, a Coubertin idea
Created in 1906 by the IOC’s founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the Olympic Cup is awarded to an association or institution which has rendered distinguished service to sport or contributed successfully to the promotion of the Olympic idea. The original Cup remains on display at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, and a reproduction is awarded to the each recipient.
Relive the magic of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City