PARK CITY, Utah -- This time of year the scenery in Park City, Utah is absolutely breath taking.
It's a popular place for Idaho athletes to live and/or train. Picabo Street, Jeret "Speedy" Peterson and Muffy Davis have all spend their fair share of time there.
The area obviously has a certain amount prestige. It's been almost 12 years since the 2002 Olympics came to Utah Olympic Park, but you can still picture the thousands of people gathering at the bottom of this hill as the title of world best ski jumper was on the line.
Olympic fever is ramping up this week as Team USA is hosts it's media summit with Olympic hopefuls in attendance including some from Idaho.
Just down the road, is the Center of Excellence - the official training and educational facility for the US Ski and Snowboard Association. Fittingly, it is located on 1 Victory Lane.
And just to emphasize how closely knit this community and the Olympics are, there was an athlete that walked up to KTVB's Jay Tust and photographer Xanti Alcelay outside the Center of Excellence. They recognized him immediately. He actually served the crew at a local pizza joint the night before. The athlete was Michael Ward who's ranked 5th in the US in Nordic Combined. He has also competed in Sun Valley.
Another athlete we've known about for quiet some time is Team USA Freestyle Skier Patrick Deneen. He was 21-year-old when he competed at his first Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. At the Olympic Media Summit, he said he'll have a more mature mindset as he heads to Sochi.
"I think the difference between Vancouver and now going into Sochi is now I have time to think about it, and I know what I have to do," said Deneen. "I really had time to build my skill level to a point where I can ski at 70 percent and still get onto podiums."
In 2010, Mark Johnson caught up with Deneen immediately after he finished in 19th place -- at that time, he was disappointed after he fell on his run. He told Johnson at that time, we'd see him in again in Sochi in 4 years.
The Olympic Winter Games kick off in just about four months on February 7.
You'll be able to see all the action on KTVB and NBC Sports.