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"Their lifetime"? How many people hold grudges against other people simply because those people's ancestors did something "bad" to their ancestors? Plenty.

So I don't see how that would be any different with plenty in the IOC. Revenge is a typical human characteristic no matter what the situation. Especially if you have plenty of other candidates willing to do whatever you want from them.

And I agree that this is a 'dead horse' topic, but it's the "IOC will forget since most weren't around back then" crew that continue to beat it.

I suppose it would be too idealistic to hope that the human race is growing up a little. There's a difference between forgetting and forgiving. Maybe y'all are right about the IOC carrying a grudge against Denver for the remainder of recorded history, but if you are it says something pretty sad about the state of human nature.

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It came across as arrogant (maybe that's far too strong a word actually) because it's making an assumption that the vote was about a message to America, when quite frankly it wasn't. It's viewing the

The thing that surprises me the most in this thread is that there are so many people who are unwilling to just be patient. Is it really that hard to wait and put forward a top-drawer American bid when

And do u really think they will turn down the whatever $.5 million deposit for over a year + all the interest it can add to its coffers, at the outset--just to put US supporters' mind at rest? And wh

I suppose it would be too idealistic to hope that the human race is growing up a little. There's a difference between forgetting and forgiving. Maybe y'all are right about the IOC carrying a grudge against Denver for the remainder of recorded history, but if you are it says something pretty sad about the state of human nature.

We are all human...we err, we all have our little quirks. If there were NO OTHER cities capable of staging the Games, then Denver could probably have a 2nd clear shot; but unfortunately there are OTHERS to choose from. It's the fault of those band of 'environmentalists' who scared the rest of Denver citizenry into scuttling their one shot. It's too bad that future generations of Denverites will have to live with it...well, as did the citizens of Montreal AND MEXICO CITY (seems to be a North American disease, huh?) who were still paying for their big party some 30 years later.

I guess that's just how it goes with the Olympics. You want to host it; you pay for it ad infinitum. You don't want it; you send it back...and kinda cross yourself of any future running. Well, cost-conscious Denverites might be lucky after all. Why don't they stage a World's Fair instead...that's the 2nd best thing after an Olympics.

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It's too bad that future generations of Denverites will have to live with it...well, as did the citizens of Montreal AND MEXICO CITY (seems to be a North American disease, huh?) who were still paying for their big party some 30 years later.

No wonder that despite LA '84 and other successful American hostings, many Americans are still scared (censored)less about hosting the games.

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For the Denver blow...errr, I meand die-hards ;) who didn't see this in another thread, a copy of the ill-fated 1976 bid is for sale on eBay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/1976-Denver-Bid-Book-Report-to-the-IOC_W0QQitemZ180495791875QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Olympics_Fan_Shop?hash=item2a06633703

I mean someone might want to look at it and fix what was wrong then. Oh also, maybe change the name of the city if it were to bid again. ;)

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Utah’s Olympic bid report to come out next month

The Olympic Exploratory Committee is aiming at a mid- to late-September release of a report recommending the state and Salt Lake City formally let the U.S. Olympic Committee know Utah is ready, willing and able to host another Winter Games.

Consultant Grant Thomas, who is assembling the committee’s report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, said he will give another massage to the draft report reviewed Friday by the Exploratory Committee, incorporating whatever new comments were made in a closed session.

Then, barring any last-minute issues, the report will be delivered next month to all committee members, including co-chairs Becker and Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who will accept it on behalf of the governor. The report also will be released to the public then, Thomas said.

The delivery has become a little anti-climactic since the U.S. Olympic Committee said in July it will bypass an opportunity to have an American candidate city for the 2022 Winter Games. The USOC wants to spend the fall evaluating its strategy for hosting future Olympics.

That means the earliest Salt Lake City could bid again would be for the 2026 Winter Games, a host-city decision the International Olympic Committee will make in 2019. The competition between American cities for the nomination — Denver, Reno-Tahoe and Bozeman, Mont., also have expressed interest — would not begin until 2016, possibly late 2015, so there will be several years in which the bid will be dormant, Bell noted.

Thomas said the report will emphasize the sustainability of Utah’s Olympics-related venues and their consistent use since the 2002 Winter Games. During this summer’s London Olympics, a number of news media stories focused on recent host cities whose Olympic venues have fallen into disuse and become dilapidated after short-lived success.

"Part of our story is our legacy," Thomas said, referring to year-round usage of Utah Olympic Park’s jumping and sliding venues and U.S. Speedskating’s year-round presence at Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. "We have a good business plan," he added. "The facilities are still here, still active, being used, sustainable. It’s important for us to maintain that."

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Report says Utah should go for 2026 Olympic Winter Games

Salt Lake City should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics because the state is "ready, willing and able" to do it again, the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee recommended Thursday in a report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

"Utah’s Olympic legacy is strong and vibrant and ready to provide the foundation for a future Olympic Winter Games," said the report, which was released by the governor’s office.

"Bringing the Games back to Salt Lake City," it added, "would provide additional opportunities to give back to the Olympic movement, continue to promote Olympic ideals, strengthen and grow our sustainable legacies from the 2002 Games and further support sport and physical activity as key elements of city and state public health initiatives."

And it would benefit the economy to the tune of $5 billion in direct and indirect output, 30,000 job years of employment and $75 million in state and local-government tax revenues, the report concluded.

Herbert and Becker are expected to decide by mid-November whether to pursue the bid. They assembled the committee in February — as the state reveled in 10th anniversary celebrations of the 2002 Winter Games — to explore the possibilities of again staging the Olympics and Paralympics.

Thoughts of doing so as soon as 2022 were dashed when the U.S. Olympic Committee decided to bypass that bid cycle while figuring out what Games an American city would have the best chance of winning. That could be the 2024 Summer Olympics or the 2026 Winter Games.

The USOC could opt to go for both. It plans on revealing its strategy later this year.

But with the resolution earlier this year of a contentious fight between the USOC and the International Olympic Committee over revenue distribution, the American Olympic movement has more confidence than it’s had in years that the Games will come back to U.S. soil again before too long.

Salt Lake City is eager to welcome the world once again, the Olympic Exploratory Committee said, citing world-class venues that are still in use, improved and expanded transportation and hotel infrastructure, strong sports programs for elite as well as recreational athletes and community pride in being identified as an Olympic city.

"Salt Lake City and the state are well positioned to offer the USOC and the IOC a strong compact Games concept with low financial and delivery risk, and minimal environmental impacts, while providing very high quality Games," the report said. "Salt Lake City, as host city, would be able to deliver on its bid commitments with certainty."

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Report says Utah should go for 2026 Olympic Winter Games

Salt Lake City should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics because the state is "ready, willing and able" to do it again, the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee recommended Thursday in a report to Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

"Utah’s Olympic legacy is strong and vibrant and ready to provide the foundation for a future Olympic Winter Games," said the report, which was released by the governor’s office.

"Bringing the Games back to Salt Lake City," it added, "would provide additional opportunities to give back to the Olympic movement, continue to promote Olympic ideals, strengthen and grow our sustainable legacies from the 2002 Games and further support sport and physical activity as key elements of city and state public health initiatives."

And it would benefit the economy to the tune of $5 billion in direct and indirect output, 30,000 job years of employment and $75 million in state and local-government tax revenues, the report concluded.

Herbert and Becker are expected to decide by mid-November whether to pursue the bid. They assembled the committee in February — as the state reveled in 10th anniversary celebrations of the 2002 Winter Games — to explore the possibilities of again staging the Olympics and Paralympics.

Thoughts of doing so as soon as 2022 were dashed when the U.S. Olympic Committee decided to bypass that bid cycle while figuring out what Games an American city would have the best chance of winning. That could be the 2024 Summer Olympics or the 2026 Winter Games.

The USOC could opt to go for both. It plans on revealing its strategy later this year.

But with the resolution earlier this year of a contentious fight between the USOC and the International Olympic Committee over revenue distribution, the American Olympic movement has more confidence than it’s had in years that the Games will come back to U.S. soil again before too long.

Salt Lake City is eager to welcome the world once again, the Olympic Exploratory Committee said, citing world-class venues that are still in use, improved and expanded transportation and hotel infrastructure, strong sports programs for elite as well as recreational athletes and community pride in being identified as an Olympic city.

"Salt Lake City and the state are well positioned to offer the USOC and the IOC a strong compact Games concept with low financial and delivery risk, and minimal environmental impacts, while providing very high quality Games," the report said. "Salt Lake City, as host city, would be able to deliver on its bid commitments with certainty."

http://www.sltrib.co...e-salt.html.csp

Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee Report

There's no way SLC would get them in 2026 for many reasons. Regardless of whether the scandal accusations were true.

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I brought up Anchorage too. It may sound nice, but why? What would the IOC see in Anchorage that would propel them toward them instead of Oslo or Munich?

Honestly, I think a lot of us from outside the US would see Anchorage as among the more exotic and interesting candidates the US could put up for the YOGs.

But then again, I do accept what a lot of you Americans have told us - Alaska would not exactly be sustainable or responsible for the WOGs.

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I am being to think that there will only be one serious bid for 2022. Munich, St. Moritz and Oslo are so indecisive. I bet only one will end up bidding and will be handed the games on an IOC greatful silver platter.

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I am being to think that there will only be one serious bid for 2022. Munich, St. Moritz and Oslo are so indecisive. I bet only one will end up bidding and will be handed the games on an IOC greatful silver platter.

One of the three you listed or a Barcelona for ex.

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But then again, I do accept what a lot of you Americans have told us - Alaska would not exactly be sustainable or responsible for the WOGs.

I wouldn't blindly accept that.

Anchorage has one advantage over every other US city - a rich government that can support it. It has stunning vistas, would tell a great "story" etc.

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I noticed that Salt Lake city has maintained all the venues of 2002 games. If they ever bid they will not need to spend any money for new facilities, i think it is the only city with that capability

They need to change the "Delta Center." That was a less-than-ideal main figure skating venue.

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I noticed that Salt Lake city has maintained all the venues of 2002 games. If they ever bid they will not need to spend any money for new facilities, i think it is the only city with that capability

SLC won't be getting the games soon, regardless if they bid or not. By the time they can bid, all the facilities will either need to be renovated or completely rebuilt.

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The Ski Jump, biathlon, downhill, and the Utah Olympic Oval (speedksating arena in Kearns) venues are fine. Why should they to be upgraded? Maybe refurbished and given a new coat of paint, etc., but the FOP dimensions are the same, the competition, etc. Zekel exaggerates. Only the EnergySolutions Arena (formerly Delta) needs to be replaced as the main Figure Skating venue.

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A 2022 or future Salt Lake City bid should be dramatically different to 2002. It should be more compact, if not highly compact in comparison to the 2002 games in which some events were held in nearby counties.

I'd expect Rice-Eccles-Romney Stadium to undergo a fully realized upgrade with individual seating, more skyboxes and other amenities seating well over 50,000. Perhaps with the possibility of being over 70,000, as to secure the highest capacity crowd(s) seen at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of a Winter Olympics.

Energy Solutions Arena could be used for Ice Hockey 1, if a new arena is built to serve the city proper for Figure Skating/Short Track Speed Skating. You'll need a venue for Ice Hockey 2, perhaps build an arena at the University of Utah. Then you need a venue for Curling, maybe try Vancouver's approach with the proposal of a venue turned multipurpose public venue after the games.

The Speed Skating Oval, Ski Jumps, Sliding Track remains. As would the Biathlon/Cross Country Course. Snow venues remain the same.

The only way Salt Lake City has a decent chance of winning (aside from being up against lesser bids) is if this bid is more compact than the previous games and addressing the problems which arose from hosting the 2002 games.

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A 2022 or future Salt Lake City bid should be dramatically different to 2002. It should be more compact, if not highly compact in comparison to the 2002 games in which some events were held in nearby counties.

I'd expect Rice-Eccles-Romney Stadium to undergo a fully realized upgrade with individual seating, more skyboxes and other amenities seating well over 50,000. Perhaps with the possibility of being over 70,000, as to secure the highest capacity crowd(s) seen at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of a Winter Olympics.

Energy Solutions Arena could be used for Ice Hockey 1, if a new arena is built to serve the city proper for Figure Skating/Short Track Speed Skating. You'll need a venue for Ice Hockey 2, perhaps build an arena at the University of Utah. Then you need a venue for Curling, maybe try Vancouver's approach with the proposal of a venue turned multipurpose public venue after the games.

The Speed Skating Oval, Ski Jumps, Sliding Track remains. As would the Biathlon/Cross Country Course. Snow venues remain the same.

The only way Salt Lake City has a decent chance of winning (aside from being up against lesser bids) is if this bid is more compact than the previous games and addressing the problems which arose from hosting the 2002 games.

USOC may bid for 2026 WOG, not for 2022.

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