Salt Lake City turns attentions to 2030 winter Olympics
USA looks set to focus its winter Olympics bidding intentions on 2030, and not 2026, after Salt Lake City in Utah announced its intention to bid for the latter edition.
With Los Angeles set to host the 2028 summer Olympics, the US Olympic Committee had preferred to wait until 2030 to seek to host the winter games, but Salt Lake City, Denver (Colorado) and Reno (Nevada) have all been exploring 2026.
The International Olympic Committee must receive expressions of interest for 2026 by the end of March.
Salt Lake City's Olympic exploratory committee concluded that Utah could host the winter Games again without losing money thanks to existing venues and the budget expertise of a team that put on the 2002 Olympics. The committee's 140-page report, which includes a budget estimate of $1.35 billion, will be sent to the USOC and IOC, said Fraser Bullock, Utah panel co-chairman.
The bid would focus on Salt Lake City being a reliable, experienced Olympic city that could host at a lower cost than other places, which state officials believe aligns with the IOC's 'Agenda 2020' blueprint for future Olympics.
Salt Lake City, which has not completely ruled out 2026, will have to overcome the stigma from a bidding scandal that marred the buildup to the 2002 winter games and resulted in several IOC members losing their positions for taking bribes. The scandal led to the ban on visits by IOC members to bid cities.