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Remembering the ‘Mormon’ Olympics that weren’t

Remembering the ‘Mormon’ Olympics that weren’t

By Peggy Fletcher Stack
The Salt Lake Tribune

Published Feb 17, 2012 03:30PM MDT

Before California’s Prop 8, HBO’s “Big Love,” “American Idol” David Archuleta, two presidential candidates and “The Book of Mormon” musical, there was the first “Mormon moment” ­­— the 2002 Winter Games.
The Salt Lake City Olympics were like “a coming-out party for Mormons,” says Hank Stuever, who covered the Games as a feature writer for The Washington Post, “that gave people a vernacular about Mormonism they didn’t have before, and that [interest] has sustained itself in pop culture.”
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