Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The unspoken reason why the IOC is touring Utah

Apr 12, 2024, 9:00 PM

ioc delegation at park city mountain during the salt lake ioc visit...

Danka Bartekova, International Olympic Committee member, and Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director, look at the view from the luge deck as members of the International Olympic Committee’s Future Host Commission, IOC and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic leaders visit the Utah Olympic Park in consideration for the 2034 Games in Park City on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

Editor’s note: This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom.

SALT LAKE CITY — As the Olympic Committee hopscotches around Northern Utah viewing the various Olympic venues, our one ace in our pocket is the condition of the facilities from 2002.

These nine IOC members could have stayed home and watched videos of the venues. But they needed a closer look for a reason that might be summed up best in one word.  


A beautiful city in a now nonexistent nation. But in 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Games where an East German figure skater named Katarina Vitt stole the show. Here in America, we were used to thick-muscled communist women shot up with steroids — but this was different.  

Katarina Vitt was pretty. The paradox short-circuited the brains of a lot of young men. She’s cute — but she’s communist.

After the games ended, war came to Bosnia in the 90s, and Sarajevo was ground zero. The Olympic bobsled track became an artillery position. The Olympic Village was turned into a prison. Outside the bombed-out arena where Katarina Vitt skated for the world, the parking lot is now a cemetery for the war dead of Sarajevo.

So these IOC members are in Northern Utah, and they’re keenly aware of what happened to other such cities after their moment in the sun. But here the figure skating arena is about to host a new NHL team. The stadium where Earth Wind and Fire played the closing ceremonies is freshly expanded.

Most importantly — and as Fraser Bullock told us, the IOC visit went well. He said you could see the happiness in the visitors’ faces.  

Jeff Caplan is the host of Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on Facebook and X. 

Other Minutes of News:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Jeff Caplan's Minute of News

Graduation rate...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The Graduation Speech of the year

A high school valedictorian put it all in perspective at his graduation.

5 days ago

speeding SALT LAKE CITY -- Drivers in the Beehive State are showing up on some pretty bad lists abo...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Should your car bust you for speeding?

A new proposal for slowing things down.

6 days ago

Lawn Mower Exchange Program...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: NO MOW MAY

There’s an alternative to stowing your mower for a month.

7 days ago

Elon Musk has an idea for his $6 billion AI company. His database where all the answers are gonna c...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk style

Elon Musk and his new company relies on the “intelligence” found on Twitter.

7 days ago

Cass Elliot was a member of the singing group the Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she ...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Fat shaming is not cool

Fat shaming is completely uncool. But it was not always this way.

8 days ago

The House Oversight Committee felt a bit like a boxing ring Thursday night....

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Rumble in the Congressional Jungle!

AOC and MTG square off in a Catfight for the ages.

10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The unspoken reason why the IOC is touring Utah