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Regardless of the frigid temperatures, St. Louis isn’t precisely a Winter Olympics coaching mecca. Even after we hosted the Video games in late summer time 1904, there was a lot of room for enchancment: Swimmers competed in a brief pond at Skinker and Wydown boulevards, and at the least one marathoner infamously fueled himself with strychnine.

The first '04 Games were different

Of the 36 competing swimmers and divers within the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, there have been 27 People, six Germans, two Hungarians and one Australian. Right here, swimmers begin the 100-yard freestyle, received by Zoltan de Halmay of Hungary in 1 minute, 2 seconds. 

Regardless of. We are able to dare to dream large Olympic desires.

The Winter Olympics kick off Feb. 4 with the opening ceremony in Beijing, the primary metropolis to host each the Winter and Summer season Video games. Nevertheless it’s straightforward to get within the spirit right here in St. Louis. 

Take time to pose on the interlocking Olympic rings sculpture, put in in 2018 on the Washington College campus to mark the location of a historic stadium the place athletes competed in 1904.


An Olympic rings sculpture is unveiled Sept. 28, 2018, on the Washington College campus, marking the location for a former stadium used within the 1904 Summer season Olympics. 

Or verify in with two winter sports activities venues: Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park, which can see some large adjustments within the close to future, and Hidden Valley ski resort, which is adapting through the pandemic.

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Steinberg Skating Rink

The Midwest’s largest outside ice rink opened for its sixty fourth season simply earlier than Thanksgiving, and hundreds of skaters will glide throughout its 27,600-square-foot floor into March.

Virginia-based Rink Administration Companies Corp., the biggest operator of ice skating services within the nation, took over operations of the town’s rink this season. Steinberg’s earlier longtime supervisor, Anne Kasal, died unexpectedly final spring. 

The brand new administration means some adjustments, together with the addition of a web based reservation system and a digital system that enables clients to pay admission and skate rental charges utilizing a bank card; Steinberg had been notoriously cash-only. Coming subsequent season, new skates will likely be obtainable for lease. 

Christmas skating at Steinberg Skating Rink

Aili (left), 4, and Emmitt McCabe, 6, of Lake Saint Louis skate with their household Dec. 25, 2021, at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park.

Via mid-January, bumper automobiles had been obtainable for riders at one finish of the rink. And on the concessions stand, extra recent gadgets have been added to the menu. 

Sean Boehm, a rink supervisor, says patrons have informed him they really feel protected skating outside at Steinberg through the pandemic.

“Having our facility outside is superior throughout COVID, as a result of transmission isn’t as large of an issue,” he says. “We’ve our outside fireplace pit if individuals don’t need to be on the ice and so they need to hang around someplace else exterior. For the individuals who aren’t as nervous, now we have the indoor space, which can be heated.”

Friday night skate night at Steinberg Rink

Miley Ramirez of St. Louis skates in 2019 at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. 

For aspiring skaters who need to increase their possibilities at Olympic gold, common classes can be found for kids and adults.

Steinberg Skating Rink might look a lot totally different inside a few years. As a part of the Forest Park Grasp Plan, Forest Park Eternally and the town of St. Louis purpose to remodel the rink right into a year-round attraction. Prior to now, the rink has provided shuffleboard, curler skating and sand volleyball within the hotter months; a survey consists of potential additions reminiscent of a beer backyard, climbing wall, mini golf, curler hockey, and occasions reminiscent of festivals, markets, outside films and concert events. 

Development wouldn’t begin till 2024, says Frank Kartmann, senior vp of park operations for Forest Park Eternally. 

Friday night skate night at Steinberg Rink

Evelyn Sullivan, 3, skates with the assistance of her dad and mom, Kerrin and Dustin, on Feb. 1, 2019, at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. 

“It’s in want of so much renovation and enhancements,” he says of the ability, which was inbuilt 1957. “We’re wrapping that every one up into each the mixture of renovation and reimagining that facility for that four-season, year-round exercise.”

St. Louisans can weigh in on the surveys — and be entered to win an Amazon present card — at

Hidden Valley Ski opening day

A snowboarder jumps a kicker on the Badlands Terrain Park on Jan. 9, 2022, opening day of the season at Hidden Valley ski resort in Wildwood. 

Hidden Valley

Guests to Hidden Valley resort in Wildwood could be impressed by the athletes on the Winter Olympics, and basic supervisor Brandon Swartz is glad to advertise consciousness of winter sports activities.

“Individuals say, ‘Hey, possibly I’ll verify that out,'” he says. “I do imagine we see bump in individuals coming and experiencing what now we have to supply due to the Olympics.”

Along with snowboarding, the resort affords snowboarding (known as “using” by these within the know) and tubing down a 14-lane polar plunge, with a walk-on conveyer belt to take you and the tube again to the highest of the hill.

Hidden Valley Ski opening day

Ian Curran (left), 14, knocks snow off his skis after snowboarding with Ethan Haarbrink, 14, on Jan. 9, 2022, opening day at Hidden Valley in Wildwood. 

If even that feels like an excessive amount of of an athletic endeavor, Olympics protection possible will likely be enjoying on TV within the lounge, the place you possibly can seize a heat or chilly one and cheer for Crew USA. On Saturday nights this season, bands will play exterior as a part of the As much as Snow Good reside music sequence.

Latest years have introduced adjustments to Hidden Valley. In 2019, Vail Resorts purchased the corporate that beforehand owned the resort. In 2019, Hidden Valley opened a zipper line for summer time use and opened climbing trails to the general public.

The pandemic arrived simply after the resort had closed for the season in March 2020. The zip line and trails closed that summer time and reopened in 2021. The paths are distinctive in that guests can experience a ski carry to the highest after which hike again down.

Hidden Valley Ski opening day

Skiers and snowboarders wait to experience the Ozark chairlift to the highest of Lauren’s Lane on Jan. 9, 2022, opening day at Hidden Valley in Wildwood.

After a delay brought on by unseasonably heat climate, Hidden Valley opened for the season in January.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for indoor eating, and masks are required in indoor areas. However many of the exercise at Hidden Valley takes place outside, making it a vacation spot for individuals who have felt pent up through the pandemic.

“Being exterior and having fun with snowboarding, using and tubing is such a good way to do it — to expertise issues in a COVID-safe setting,” Swartz says. “I recurrently discuss with visitors who’re visiting who say, ‘I heard from buddies, I noticed it on social, I all the time wished to go test it out.’”

The resort affords classes for newcomers and superior skiers and riders, in addition to group classes for girls. A partnership with the Gateway Disabled Ski Program makes snow sports activities accessible to individuals with bodily and different disabilities.

Hidden Valley Ski opening day

Hidden Valley snowboarding teacher Justin Bowen (proper) offers a lesson to 14-year-old Jack Huguet on the Simple Road coaching hill Jan. 9, 2022, at Hidden Valley ski resort in Wildwood.

And whereas Hidden Valley hasn’t but despatched anybody to the Winter Olympics, the Hidden Valley Ski Crew affords coaching and aggressive applications for ages 5-19.

“One of many issues we’re actually obsessed with is popping non-skiers and riders into skiers and riders,” Swartz says. “Simply getting individuals out right here to appreciate what a cool sport and place that is — and it’s proper right here in our yard. It’s a hidden gem of St. Louis.”

The place Steinberg Skating Rink, 400 Jefferson Drive, Forest Park • Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday • How a lot $10 admission, $5 skate rental • Extra information 314-502-4845;

The place Hidden Valley, 17409 Hidden Valley Drive, Eureka • Hours 5-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 1-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday • How a lot Costs differ; proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for indoor eating • Extra information

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