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SALT LAKE CITY ODDS-ON FAVORITE FOR 2002; ANY TAKERS?
Published June 15, 1995
London's Ladbroke group is officially accepting wagers on who will get the IOC nod to host the 2002 Winter Games, according to today's SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Oddsmaker Paul Austin is said to be "particularly sweet" on Salt Lake City making it a 2-to-5 favorite (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/15). POSTURING BEGINS: In Montreal, Pat Hickey reports that the Quebec delegation is confident. Quebec City Mayor Jean-Paul L'Allier: "Everything was in place for the bid. ... We have the financial support of two governments and the private sector. We also have tremendous public support" (Montreal GAZETTE, 6/15). Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee Tom Welch President: "This particular campaign, for the '98 Games and now for 2002, started in '85. Over the last 10 years, we've all aged -- some more than others" (John Jeansonne, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 6/15). Representatives from Salt Lake City's 2002 Olympic Bid Committee are working to "appear laid-back and relaxed" before the IOC vote on Friday, according to the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE's John Keahey. Welch: "They already know who they are going to vote for, why trip and fall now with the finish line a few steps away?" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/14).