Salt Lake City (2002)
The September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan changed America forever. "On that Tuesday, the best of who we are was turned against us," Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner wrote in the October 25, 2001 issue of the magazine. "There is cause for young and old to be worried about the future." It came as little surprise, then, that the Salt Lake Games – opened less than five months later by President George W. Bush – touched our most patriotic sensibilities. An American Flag, rescued from Ground Zero, was carefully carried into Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium by an honor guard of American athletes, firefighters and police officers. We say carefully because the surface was actually an abstract shaped ice rink covering a large portion of the floor. Also of note is an interjection from veteran Olympic commentator Bob Costas of NBC at 7:39, who relays that our beloved "U.S.A.!" chant is actually an invention of the Olympics, having been born on the shores of Lake Placid 12 years earlier by fans cheering on the "Miracle on Ice" gold medal men's hockey contest between the States and the Soviets.