A Salt Lake City committee has been formed to determine whether or not the city should bid on hosting the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics. The team of business leaders and elected officials will finalize a decision by the beginning of February. A successful hosting of the 2002 games should help make the city a favorite if it does decide to pursue future games.
America Wants Olympic Games
On Friday, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced it intended to discuss options towards bringing the games back to America. Of course, the 2002 games in Salt Lake City is the most recent event held stateside. With the 2028 summer games headed for Los Angeles, most board members believe a 2030 bid makes the most sense for the Olympics return to Utah. City representatives claim Salt Lake City is even better prepared to host the games now than it was fifteen years ago.
The USOC is rumored to be considering three cities for an Olympic bid: Denver and Reno in addition to Salt Lake City. Representatives of Utah have been telling Olympic officials about their desire to host another meet since 2012. Reports say Salt Lake City believes the cost of hosting the games would be about $2 billion, although they will re-evaluate that figure soon. Innsbruck, Austria confirmed it will not bid for future games earlier this week, eliminating stiff competition for America if the country commits to pursuing the event.
2002 Olympics Recap
At the time, the 2002 winter games were the largest cold-weather Olympics the world had ever seen. There were ten new events added to the games last played in 1998. The competition that took place in Salt Lake City set a broadcasting record with more than two billion viewers tuning in. While Norway took home the most gold medals, it was Germany that led all countries with a total of 36 medals won. The United States finished second with 34 medals – tying the record for most gold medals at a home Winter Olympics with ten.