Salt Lake 2026? Another Winter Olympics looking more likely

12 Sep , 2017 World

SALT LAKE CITY — Could there be another Olympics in Salt Lake City in less than a decade?

With Los Angeles set to be awarded the 2028 Summer Games by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday, longtime supporters of bringing another Winter Games to Salt Lake City say it could happen as soon as 2026.

“It makes total sense,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said, citing the city’s success hosting the 2002 Winter Games. “I know that, as a city, it is in our hearts and minds how amazing that event was, and we would welcome another Olympics.”

Fraser Bullock, the chief operating officer of the 2002 Winter Games, said while there is nothing official yet, “there have always been informal discussions going on for the past several years.”

Salt Lake started looking seriously in 2012 at bidding again for the Olympics, but the U.S. Olympic Committee has been focused on securing a Summer Games for the United States.

An ususual decision by the IOC to award two consecutive Summer Games at the same time — to Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028 — opens the door for a future Winter Games bid by the U.S.

Salt Lake, though, isn’t the only American …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

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