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What ever happened to Salt Lake’s Olympic memorabilia?

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Building wraps: The giant images that wrapped downtown buildings had to be trashed after enduring four months of Utah weather.

Green Jell-O pin: Although a number of Olympic pins featured the state's favorite food, collectors covet the original. A pin trading site on the Internet recently offered six of the original green Jell-O pins for $160 apiece even though they've sold in the past for much, much more.

U.S. Olympic berets: During the Games, would-be wearers stood in line for hours at Roots stores in Salt Lake and Park City for just the chance to buy the then-scarce navy blue hats — or paid well over $100 for one on the street. Now, stores have plenty of hats and some have marked them down by as much as 75 percent.

Olympic mascots: No one has seen, well, hide nor hair lately of the coyote, black bear and hare that served as the Games' official mascots. But stores still have a few stuffed versions of Copper the coyote, Coal the bear and Powder the hare on sale. The trio of native animals were popular at Games time, especially with children. And the mascot costumes should end up in the new Alf Engen Museum, at Utah Olympic Park near Park City.

Children of light: Most of the young cast of the opening and closing ceremonies chose to keep their fuzzy white costumes. They'll make special appearances in tonight's festivities at the Olympic caldron.

Main Street pyramids: The pyramid-shaped food, souvenir and information booths downtown stayed put through last summer. Although Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson enlisted local artists to turn the deteriorating structures into street sculptures, they were finally removed under pressure from the City Council and dumped in a lot near the airport. The mayor says he still would like to bring them back — this time to another area of the city, possibly Sugar House.

Caldron: Recently installed outside the University of Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium, where it will be the centerpiece of the Olympic Caldron Park under construction with money from the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. The glass-and-steel caldron, which had burned with the Olympic flame above the stadium during the 16 days of the 2002 Winter Games, will be lit only on special, Olympic-related occasions, including today's celebration of the Games' first anniversary.

Hoberman Arch: The massive mechanical "curtain" that opened nightly at the temporary downtown Olympic Medals Plaza will be installed later this year at the U.'s new legacy park, near the caldron. It won't, however, be operational. SLOC had hoped to put the arch in downtown Salt Lake City, at either Pioneer Park or the Gallivan Center, but city officials couldn't agree on a location.

SLOC parkas: Many of the red, blue, green and gold — make that "Wildfire," "Mountain shadow," "Forest" and "Amber" — parkas issued by SLOC to volunteers and staff members as part of their official uniform are still being worn this winter, although a few have turned up for sale on eBay, the Internet auction site.

Talking dinosaurs Donny and Marie Osmond: The brother-sister duo provided the voices of the animated talking dinosaur skeletons that appeared in the Games' closing ceremonies. The dinosaurs went back to their creator, puppeteer Michael Curry, of Portland, Ore. They'll likely be displayed in a museum of Curry's work that's planned for Portland. As for the Osmond siblings, they most recently appeared in a Pepsi commercial during the Super Bowl that had them shock the notoriously foul-mouthed rocker, Ozzie Osbourne, by suddenly stripping off disguises that made them look like his equally charming children.