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Volume 25 No. 151
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Denver Bid To Host '30 Games Could See Events In Other States

Colorado's bid to host the '30 Games "hinges on national and international Olympic organizers embracing a new hosting model that would split events between different states, including a scenario that has Colorado and Utah co-hosting" the Games, according to Jason Blevins of the COLORADO SUN. Denver Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee Chair Rob Cohen said, "The Olympic movement is at a tipping point where the time is right for this kind of dialogue and discussion." Blevins noted the Denver group's pitch for the '30 Games "relies heavily on other states stepping in to host sliding events -- like luge, bobsled and skeleton." Building a "pricey sliding track would blow up the Colorado plan to throw a privately funded Olympics with no permanent venues." In order to host the Games, Colorado would "need to partner with communities hundreds of miles away that already have sled tracks, such as Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, New York, or even locations in Canada." While Colorado has 13 of the "needed 16 venues to host, Utah has all 16." That is why Utah is "widely considered the leading contender to win" the USOC's "support when the committee gathers Dec. 13 to make its host-city decision." Blevins noted the Denver group's plan "calls for using both Mile High Stadium and Coors Field for opening and closing ceremonies, possibly connected by a parade between the venues." That would "boost ticket sales for what would be a 40,000-person event to somewhere closer to 125,000" (COLORADOSUN.com, 12/5).

LESS IS MORE? In Salt Lake City, Christopher Kamrani wrote one of the "main attractions surrounding Salt Lake City's bid aspirations would undoubtedly be a compact geographic Games that would serve all involved, starting with the athletes, down to the spectators and media." Salt Lake Games Organizing Committee COO Fraser Bullock said that the committee has "met all of the USOC's requests during this bid process" and that "all the necessary due diligence has been fully completed." Bullock added that the USOC is "expected to make an announcement on which city it will choose" sometime next Friday after its BOD meeting (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 12/7).