Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics most likely for 2030 in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter teams ascendance into an international powerhouse.
The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utahs capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.
With venues still in place some of them upgraded from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committees new blueprint for the Games.
Its almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.
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