This is a sampling of e-mail received from readers by the Deseret News. Readers who have a grin or gripe about the 2002 Winter Games can e-mail their comment to firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com.
Dear Deseret News,
I was excited to see that I could share a concern I have had for sometime with you. I live in Vernal and have been a fan of the Olympics for as long as I can remember. Naturally I was very happy when Salt Lake won the bid for 2002. I want to experience as much of it as I can, and have purchased a few tickets to some of the events.
My concern regards the television broadcast of the opening ceremonies. I always looked forward to watching them because I knew it was probably the most spectacular show ever performed, full of pageantry and loaded with excitement. I always recorded them so I could watch them over and over. I particularly liked the Calgary opening ceremonies. The colorful costumes and dancing were magical. I know that sponsors pay for the broadcast, and therefore their commercials need to air, but I have been very upset when they cut away from the ceremonies to show other things, such as an interview with an athlete. I already feel like I'm missing so much, as I'm sure the show is continuing even though a commercial is showing. I would like to request that the broadcasters show us as much of the entertainment as they possibly can, and leave interviews and background information to air at a later date.
I have felt cheated! I don't want to miss any of it. I had hoped to attend the ceremonies, thus being assured I wouldn't miss any of it, but $800 is way out of my reach. Perhaps the SLOC could produce a video tape with the entire show on it which I could purchase later. I don't think that I'm the only one that gets a little upset when the media is showing other things, when what we really want to see is the opening ceremonies. I would love to hear about the athletes later.
Rebecca Brady, Vernal
My husband and I moved to Salinas, Calif., 2 1/2 years ago after graduating from BYU. I was born in Salt Lake and raised in the Granger area. I had lived in Utah my whole life — and we moved, BEFORE the Olympics! My husband, Travis, has been an Olympic fan ever since he was able to formulate cognitive thoughts. It's been killing him to think of all the volunteer opportunities we've been missing by not still living in Utah.
Weekly, we receive large manila envelopes from my mom filled with newspaper clippings and articles about the Olympics from the Deseret News. This has been our key to staying abreast of the latest Winter Olympic news, especially since news coverage is scarce here. My mother has enjoyed this fun form of correspondence, and it makes us feel like we're not too far away from the Utah Olympic scene.
Last January I began designing a quilt to honor the coming Olympics. It's taken me a year to complete thus far. I'm still hand quilting parts of it (something to work on while I watch the Games) but with two children at home, I'm glad I've finished as much as I have. I enjoy the comfort of working on the quilt and it helps me feel like I can celebrate the Utah Olympics even if we live in California! The quilt will be given to my husband, a high school teacher and coach, who will be a torchbearer on Jan. 17 in the Salinas Valley.
Cassie Stuart, Salinas, Calif.
To whom it may concern,
I am replying to the message that was posted about the Olympics. I live in Idaho. And I am just one of the many who was so excited to see that the Olympics were coming to Salt Lake City — until I found out about the Olympic Rodeo.
I used to live in France and parts of Europe. Some may think that the rodeo is part of "Western heritage." But this is also the world Olympics, and it's a very sad shame that Salt Lake City will now show to the world that, instead of being a wonderful place with great expectations, it is a state that is supporting animal abuse.
I recently went out and watched petitions signed to stop the rodeo, I asked many what they thought. Many were appalled, some were aggravated. But even more did not even know about the sad abuse that the unexpected Salt Lake Olympics was supporting!
Abbey Wuthrich, Bear Lake High School
Dear Friends at the Olympic Desk,
I have been an Olympics booster for as long as it has been a Salt Lake City goal. Through the years I have been my own public relations person. As Individual Development Commissioner for the Utah PTA back in 1979, we held a Courtesy and Caring emphasis program for all of the schools and involved the public in a contest for the best courtesy slogan. "Courtesy is Contagious, Let's Start An Epidemic" was the winning slogan. You have probably seen it used in many organizations of the city and state since that time.
As the 2002 Olympics began, I was reminded of former President Bush's wonderful plan for all Americans to become "Points of Light." Since that was already taken, I pondered about what could be used here in Salt Lake City and Utah. "Going for the Gold" is the basic premise for the Olympic athletes — how could that be used by the ordinary citizen in a way to get them involved? Well, gold glows. How could "Glow" be used to involve everybody? The Golden Rule is a tenet of most of the prominent religions of the world. What about "Go for the Gold — the Golden Rule!" as a 2002 Olympic citizen slogan? "Light the Flame Within" goes right along with that idea. We can all become GlowKids for the Olympics if we look to obey The Golden Rule.
H. Joyce Vuyk, Salt Lake City