Salt Lake City Forms Committee To Bid For Winter Games In '30 Or '34
Utah leaders "took the next step in bringing another Olympics to Salt Lake City" by creating a new committee "responsible for preparing a future bid that looks increasingly like it will be for" the '34 Winter Games, according to Lisa Roche of the DESERET NEWS. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall "jointly named the new Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games." One factor that is "still to be determined is whether that bid" will be for the '30 or '34 Games. Herbert said getting the '30 Games "might be a little more problematic" timewise, because that would follow the '28 Games in L.A., and the Olympics typically rotate between countries. Roche notes there also are "concerns about enough domestic sponsors for back-to-back Olympics" in the U.S. Utah state Rep. Brad Wilson said '34 is more likely "for a lot of reasons," but they will "take it when we can get it" (DESERET NEWS, 2/13). SLCUC President Fraser Bullock said Utah's Olympic venues from hosting the '02 Games are "possibly in need of more renovations," but bidding for the '34 Games "could eliminate a potential financial challenge of competing" with L.A. Bullock said that he "doesn't know how long it will take for the committee to decide on whether it wants to bid" for '30 or '34, but added that there is "pressure to get it done as soon as possible this year because the IOC seems to be ready to move quickly on choosing future host cities" (AP, 2/12).
BETTER ACT FAST: In Salt Lake City, Jag & Semerad note the SLCUC also will include Utah Sports Commission President & CEO Jeff Robbins. Both Bullock and Robbins "helped orchestrate Utah's successful hosting" of the '02 Games. Bullock said that yesterday's announcement of the committee being formed had "partially been prompted by the late-January word from the Japanese Olympic Committee that it had given Sapporo permission to become the first city to formally bid" for the '30 Games. Jag & Semerad note the Utah committee being formed also comes after the IOC last June "unveiled a major streamlining of its Olympic bidding process." The new process "hinges on one-on-one talks between the IOC and prospective bid cities instead of competition between cities, as has long been Olympic tradition." Another likely "catalyst for the formation of the committee likely came from another element of the IOC's site-selection revisions." The IOC has "done away with an old system of selecting Olympic cities one at a time as well as with announcing bid members seven years prior to each Games." Host cities now could be "announced at any time" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 2/13).