Winter Olympics 2030: Will it be in Utah? What can Utahns expect?

Derek Parra, inline skater and speedskater who won two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, practices curling at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Friday, May 27, 2022.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Not everyone is excited about the possibility another Olympics could be coming to Utah.

“You know, it’s all over the board,” Park City Mayor Nann Worel said about the mountain resort community’s feelings towards Utah’s bid for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games. That’s why Park City and Summit County leaders are planning to survey residents this fall about the pluses and minuses of hosting again.

The intent of reaching out to residents, Worel said, isn’t to hold a referendum on the Games but to hear from Utahns living near venues from the 2002 Winter Games that are set to be used in a future Olympics, including ski resorts and the sliding track and ski jumps at the state’s Utah Olympic Park near Kimball Junction.

“I think it’s, ‘What are you concerned about if the Olympics come to Utah? What benefits do you see? How do you see the Olympics helping Park City and Summit County further their goals, such as in the area of sustainability?’” the mayor said, citing the city’s hopes of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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