The Ogden university's first basketball coach was Dick Motta. In
1999, as a No. 14 seed, the Wildcats scored a memorable upset of
North Carolina in the NCAA tournament.
The popular ski resort in the Wasatch Mountains was the site of
the 2002 Olympic downhill and Super G events.
The Salt Lake City gymnast and former U.S. team member was named
the NCAA's top female athlete in 1992 while she attended Utah.
Utah Olympic Park
The site of competition in five sports at the 2002 Winter Games
now offers bobsled rides and ski jumping lessons (for a fee) to
The Idaho-born Olympic downhill champion is one of many Winter
Olympians who live in or near Park City, whose largest employer
is the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which is based there.
The Sandy native won 935 games--and lost 1,017--while coaching
five NBA teams from 1968-69 to '95-96.
The Eagles' three-time Pro Bowl tight end, from Orem, played at
BYU (from 1993 to '96), as did two of his brothers.
As BYU coach, the Orem native had 257 wins, sixth most alltime in
Division I-A. He guided the Cougars to a national title in 1984.
The 7'6" Dallas Mavericks center, born in Germany but raised in
Castle Dale, played one year at BYU and was the second pick (by
the Philadelphia 76ers) in the 1993 NBA draft.
Created in 1969, Slickrock was the first mountain-bike trail at
Moab, which now attracts more than 100,000 bikers a year.
After the lefthanded starter from St. George won two games for
the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series, the Mets' Darryl Strawberry
declared, "Clemens is tough, but he's no Hurst."
Jay Don Blake
The PGA Tour pro from St. George won the 1980 NCAA golf
championship while at Utah State.
Bonneville Salt Flats
The 300-, 400-, 500- and 600-mph land speed barriers were broken
on this dried lake bed, which hosts Speed Week competitions every
Salt Lake County
The county, which is home to the Jazz, the Triple A baseball
Stingers and the IHL Grizzlies, is the SI Sportstown for having
the state's best community sports programs.
To see classic Jazz photos and archival stories about John
Stockton and Karl Malone, view a gallery of every Utah cover,
brush up on BYU trivia or vote for the Beehive State's best
sports venue, go to si.com/magazine/features/si50/states/utah.