Skier Lindsey Vonn visits Switzerland to support Utah’s Olympic bid

The Olympic Cauldron is lit, marking the 20-year anniversary of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympics opening ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Leaders of Utah’s bid for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games are being joined by retired champion alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn at key meetings this week with International Olympic Committee officials in Switzerland, including IOC President Thomas Bach.

Vonn, who lives in Park City and serves on the governing board of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games that’s behind the bid, made her Olympic debut at 17 during Utah’s first Winter Games, in 2002. She retired from the sport in 2019 and is considered the most successful female World Cup Alpine ski racer.

“Happy to help the US with their bid to get the Olympics back to Salt Lake City in 2030,” Vonn tweeted last week.

Other members of the delegation are the bid committee’s president and CEO, Fraser Bullock, the chief operating officer of the 2002 Winter Games; chairwoman Catherine Raney Norman, a speedskater who competed in four Olympics including in 2002; and consultant, Darren Hughes,

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which selected Salt Lake City in 2018 to bid on behalf of the United States, is also sending a delegation. No state or local government representatives are attending the meetings, although Gov. Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall have participated in past virtual …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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