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U.S. May Consider 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Bid

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The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Alexander “Sandy” Treadwell, chairman of the Lake Place Regional Winter Sports Committee, has sent a letter to the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee expressing Lake Placid’s interest in hosting the first winter version of the Youth Olympic Games in 2012.

USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said his organization hasn’t decided whether it will bid for the 2012 Youth Games because it is focussing on Chicago’s 2016 Summer Olympic Games bid.

According to The Gazette Seibel said, “I can’t say whether we will or will not at this point. It is something we will evaluate. It is a concept that we fully support, and we’ve expressed that to the IOC”.

The newspaper reports venues used at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid have been maintained by the city’s Olympic Regional Development Authority and include the hockey rink from the “Miracle on Ice” game in which the U.S. upset the Soviet Union.

James McKenna, president of the Lake Place-Essex County Visitors Bureau said, “it comes down to venues. If you have the venues you can do it. You’re pretty hard-pressed to find any place in the world that has all of the current sports facilities in an eight-mile radius within a town that is a destination resort”.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says that no new venues will be built for the Youth Olympics and that candidate cities should be “cost-conscious” in their bids. Write or read comments about this article

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