Will Utah host another Olympics? Bid may end up being for 2034

The Olympic cauldron burns again, marking the 20-year anniversary of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympics opening ceremony at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Utah’s Olympic bidders still don’t know if they’re going to remain in the running for the 2030 Winter Games or shift to 2034 after meeting with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in Colorado Springs Wednesday, but now acknowledge a decision needs to be made by November.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Utah’s Olympic bidders still don’t know if they’re going to remain in the running for the 2030 Winter Games or shift to 2034 after meeting with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in Colorado Springs Wednesday, but now acknowledge a decision needs to be made by November.

“I would say we’re no closer to a definitive decision, but we continue to press forward on all fronts, whether it’s 2030 or 2034,“ Fraser Bullock, president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, told the Deseret News after the closed-door discussion.

But Bullock said with the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles, concerns remain about back-to-back Olympics in the United States. It’s hard “geopolitically” for the International Olympic Committee to award two Games in a row to the same country, he said. It also comes down to money.

The USOPC has been in talks with L.A. organizers to see if there’s a way to mitigate the impact of a Winter Games just 18 months later on …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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