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IT'S ALL OVER BUT THE PAGEANTRY: SALT LAKE GETS 2002 BID
Published June 19, 1995
An estimated 40-50,000 turned out for Salt Lake City's "Party of the Century" to celebrate the city earning the bid from the IOC for the 2002 Winter Oltympic Games, according to Jay Baltezore in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The event cost the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce about $175,000 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/19). A report in the WALL STREET JOURNAL notes the city won on the strength of its "well-developed facilities" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/19). Salt Lake Bid Committee President Tom Welch: "Becoming an Olympic city is a process, not an event, and over time we developed credibility through the commitments that we made. Our taxpayers not only voted that they wanted to pursue the Olympics, but they were willing to make an investment in winter sports facilities, and today we have completed or under construction seven of the eight facilities that we will need for the games" ("Today," NBC, 6/19). THE VOTE: Salt Lake received an "overwhelming" 54 votes on the first ballot to secure the 2002 bid. It marked the first time in 30 years that an Olympic vote involving more than two cities was settled in the first round (AP/SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/18). Welch on ABC's "Good Morning Sunday": "There is not a city in the world that is more ideal for hosting the games than in Salt Lake" (ABC, 6/18). Frank Joklik, Salt Lake Committee Chair: "The people of Utah now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to distinguish themselves, through the Olympics, in a manner that can win them the admiration of the world" (Salt Lake Bid Committee). USOC President LeRoy Walker: "No city prepared more completely than Salt Lake City, no bid was more thorough and detailed, and at all times, the athletes of the world were the principal focal point of the effort" (USOC). QUEBEC ASKS "PORUQUOI PAS"? In Toronto, George Gross reports that many incorrectly blame Canadian IOC member Dick Pound for Quebec's "disastrous last place finish." But Canadian IOC Member Carol Anne Letheren said: "There's something about Tom Welch ... He and his countrymen know how to deal in the one- on-one situations. We don't know how to do it and we haven't found out how they're doing it" (TORONTO SUN, 6/18). Gross also reports that Quebec City has not decided whether to bid again (TORONTO SUN, 6/17).