‘We did it once; we can certainly do it twice’: Another Olympic bid for Salt Lake recommended

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Gov. Gary Herbert walk to a press conference at the Salt Lake City-County Building on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, to announce the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Utah’s capital city to bid on behalf of the United States, potentially for the 2030 Winter Games./ Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Report: IOC won’t award both 2026, 2030 Winter Games next year

Utah is closer to getting another Olympics Friday after the U.S. Olympic Committee selected Salt Lake City to bid on behalf of the United States for a future Winter Games, potentially in 2030.

Salt Lake City, the host of the 2002 Winter Games, beat out Denver. Reno-Tahoe dropped out of the running recently in the competition. The decision was made by the USOC at a closed-door meeting in San Francisco.

It will be the International Olympic Committee that chooses the 2030 host city — but not until 2023. Other cities currently in the mix include Sapporo, Japan, and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Even before the USOC’s decision was made public, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski could be heard cheering from behind closed doors at City Hall. The USOC notified both Salt Lake and Denver bidders by telephone.


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December 2018