Peaks Ice Arena in Provo Celebrates 20th Olympic Anniversary

PROVO, Utah — As Salt Lake City celebrates the 20th anniversary of hosting the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, one of its venues gave people the chance to perform at their best on the ice.

Peaks Ice Arena in Provo hosted a special “Skate like an Olympian” event on Saturday, extending public skating hours and offering a trip down memory lane.

The arena provided an area filled with Olympic memorabilia and projected highlights of the 2002 Games onto the ice.

Skaters young and old could pretend they had just won gold in a podium photo booth with props, and win raffle prizes and goody bags.

Three girls lined up next to the ice, waiting for the free skate event to begin.

Cozette Fung, 14, Amelia Dunn, 12, and Madeline Penafiel, 10 compete in ice skating competitions.

They said they came to Peaks Ice Arena several times a week to practice and saw each other so often they felt like sisters.

This has been a big week in the ice skating community as people around the world pay attention to the sport they love.

“Nathan Chen’s programs, they’re so good,” Cozette enthused.

“His free skate, I watched it at least three times,” Amelia said.

Madeline also watched Chen’s programs a few times.

“Yeah. I love his Rocket Man program,” she said.

Not only do they have a Utah ice skating idol to look up to, but the rink they practice in several times a week has a pretty cool history – being one of the venues for the Salt Lake Olympics and Paralympics. 2002.

While the trio may not have been alive to have the memories of that time, they have the appreciation for history.

“I wish I was there,” Cozette said with a laugh. “But I’m glad everyone brings back memories, so I can know.”

And these girls also have a passion to pursue their dreams for the future.

“I can do anything,” Madeline said, adding, “And that I might be able to do it one day.”

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