USOC Says There's Interest in Hosting Winter Olympics
Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee say they are interested in hosting a Winter Olympics, either in 2026 or 2030. At a news conference Monday, CEO Scott Blackmun said Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno are among the cities that might be considered.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced that Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno are some of the cities that could be considered to host the games in 2026 or 2030.
"Now that they've achieved the goal of bringing the summer games to Los Angeles in 2028, there will be some discussions in the near term to try to determine what might go on in terms of a future winter bid," said Jon Killoran with the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition.
Killoran says a bid isn't guaranteed, so his coalition is staging multiple high-level sporting competitions in Nevada.
"We're putting on ice curling events including the world's men championships in Las Vegas next year," said Killoran. "We're bringing national Junior Olympic running races to Rancho San Rafael in 2018."
Andy Wirth, the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort says it's not just the local economy and tourism that could benefit from bringing the games back.
"What's happened in Vancouver and Salt Lake City, the vast improvements that served those communities was the transit and transportation infrastructure that was left behind," said Wirth.
The U.S. Olympic Committee still has a lot to talk about and consider before a winter location is chosen, but people in Reno are already talking about the exciting possibility.