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USOC Bid For '26 Games Could Depend On Deal For L.A. '28

The USOC did not rule out a bid for the '26 Winter Games in a media conference today, but execs said it would depend on the L.A.'s agreement for the '28 Games and the status of other potential bids in Europe and Canada. IOC President Thomas Bach has said he would like the Winter Games to return to traditional host cities, which USOC Chair Larry Probst said is “code for Europe or North America.” Innsbruck (Austria), Sion (Switzerland) and Calgary also are all weighing bids. Also, a U.S.-based Winter Games in '26 would potentially compete with the sales and promotion efforts for L.A. '28.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said, "We wouldn’t go forward with a 2026 bid unless it was something that Casey (Wasserman) and Gene (Sykes) and the team from L.A. were comfortable wasn’t going to impact their ability to market and promote the 2028 Games." The USOC BOD will discuss the matter at an Oct. 13 meeting.