The Governor’s Olympic Photograph Collection contains 4,900 color images in both a print and digital format. The Utah Governor’s Office assigned photojournalists to follow Governor Leavitt and Lt. Governor Walker and document their participation in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. A few highlights of the collection are images of President Bush’s visit to the games, athletes competing in various events, and the opening and closing ceremonies. The images are available to the public through the Research Center of the Utah State Archives and the Utah State Historical Society.
A formal description is as follows: “Five talented photojournalists shot thousands of photographs documenting the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The photographs capture the Games from the vantage point of the Utah Governor’s Office as photojournalists tracked the activities of Governor Michael Leavitt and Lt. Governor Olene Walker. The Governor and Lt. Governor met with President George W. Bush, members of his cabinet, representatives and athletes from 77 countries, guests of state, and the people of Utah.”