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The Race Is On: Swedish Government To Guarantee Stockholm-Åre 2026 Winter Olympic Bid

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Local television in Sweden Tuesday morning has reported that the Swedish government will provide guarantees needed by the Stockholm-Åre 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid to stayin the race with rival Italian bid Milan-Cortina. Swedish Minister of Culture Amanda Lind said on Swedish TV4 “It can be a boost for the entire sports Sweden.  That’s why […]

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Finally some great news we have a race on our hands now for the next two and a half months, I'm on team Stockholm now if Stockholm Sweden host the games they will be the 2nd city to host both games.

For the 2030 Winter Games bidding race could have allot of cities in the race like Almaty Kazakhstan. Salt Lake City USA, Sapporo Japan and Montreal Canada if they want to follow Beijing China 2022 and Stockholm Sweden 2026 in past Summer Olympic Games host cities in hosting the Winter Olympic Games. After 4 new countries winter games host in a row that will likely disadvantage Kazakhstan, Sapporo Japan might be too soon after Beijing 2022 and Tokyo 2020 by 2030 it will be 20 years since North America will have hosted the games so it will be a race between Salt Lake City USA and Montreal Canada for the 2030 Winter Games.

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Ooh. Must say, I’m pleasantly surprised - especially if it’s passed without much criticism in Sweden. We very definitely have a race on now :) 

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Welp. This was a big plot twist. Considering the IOC is totally not biased in favor of bringing the games back to Scandinavia, Cortina is going to have a tougher road than they thought to win. Italy could still get this,though.

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Stockholm seems to be in the IOC's strategic interest, as a success there could open up the bid market for the winter games in future years, particularly for skittish "traditional" sports powers as well as central European countries such as Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland which otherwise may not have thought of bidding. It also makes a Finnish or a Montreal (+Lake Placid?) bid more of a chance. This strategic view was seen in the Beijing/Almaty vote for 2022, and may just prevail here. 2030 should be an interesting race if this happens.

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The binational aspect of Stockholm is being overlooked in coverage of this. I think it’s the most important aspect of the bid - if it works, it’s a total game-changer for countries without bobsled tracks, high ski runs etc. 

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