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Utah (/ˈjuːtɑː/ YOO-tah, /ˈjuːtɔː/ (About this soundlisten) YOO-taw) is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 30th-most-populous, and 11th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains approximately 2.5 million people; and Washington County in Southern Utah, with over 160,000 residents. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.

Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This greatly influences Utahn culture and daily life. The LDS Church's world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City.

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Detail of the torch used for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Other candidate cities were: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Sion, Valais, Switzerland; and Östersund, Sweden. Salt Lake City was selected as the host city on June 16, 1995 at the 104th IOC Session in Budapest. Olympic venues were scattered around Salt Lake City, as well as in the mountains at Park City, Ogden, Provo, Kearns and West Valley City. Athletes were housed in the Olympic Village at the University of Utah.

The 2002 Salt Lake City games became the most populated area to have ever hosted a Winter Olympics, at the time of the Olympics its metropolitan population was 1,516,227.

These Olympic games were the first since September 11, 2001, which meant a higher level of security than ever before provided for the Games.

Competition highlights included biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, winning gold in all four men's events (10 k, 12.5 k, 20 k, 4 x 7.5 relay), Simon Ammann of Switzerland taking the double in ski jumping, and alpine skier Janica Kostelić winning three golds and a silver (the first Winter Olympic medals ever for an athlete from Croatia).

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Brigham Young

Brigham Young (June 1, 1801 – August 29, 1877) was the second prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the first governor of the Utah Territory.

After the killing of Joseph Smith, Young became the de facto president of the church at Nauvoo, Illinois. Repeated conflict led Young to relocate his group of Latter-day Saints to a territory in what is now Utah; then part of Mexico. Young organized the journey that would take the faithful to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, in 1846, then to Utah's Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, a date now recognized as a Utah state holiday and known as Pioneer Day.

Shortly after the new Mormon colonies were brought into the United States through Mexican Cession, Young petitioned the U.S. Congress to create the State of Deseret. The Compromise of 1850 instead carved out Utah Territory, and Young was installed as governor. He was replaced as governor after the Utah War.

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George Dern, 6th governor of Utah

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  • November 6: On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2016
  • March 27: Utah reinstates firing squad for death penalty
  • February 14: University of Utah study finds suicide may be linked to air pollution
  • February 20: Slovak Henrieta Farkašová wins downhill event at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships
  • February 16: 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships preparations underway
  • August 5: On the campaign trail, July 2012
  • June 30: Fred Karger officially ends 2012 presidential campaign
  • June 23: One Australian male and female archer qualify for Olympics after Ogden event
  • April 28: Wikinews interviews Fred Karger, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate
  • March 15: Rocky Anderson announces he will seek Americans Elect nomination

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State of Deseret
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The boundaries of the provisional State of Deseret as proposed in 1849 are shown in orange. The area of the Utah Territory as organized in 1859 is shaded in red.

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Coordinates: 39°18′N 111°36′W / 39.3°N 111.6°W / 39.3; -111.6

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