Winter Olympics Salt Lake City 2002


February 11, 2002|By Candus Thomson

Mary Poppins and her spoonful of sugar never met Mitt Romney and his free pin.

Olympic organizers couldn't get enough buses to haul 20,000 spectators from roadside parking to the site of ski jumping and luge. That mile-long stretch of road has a grade of 10 percent, with an Olympic difficulty factor: an altitude of more than 7,100 feet.

By offering a commemorative "Gold Medal Mile" pin, officials enticed thousands to pound the pavement.

A low-power radio station run by Utah Olympic Park - KUOP - took requests from walkers with cell phones. One request not received was that 1964 Poppins classic.

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