The Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games has not been shy about securing an Olympic return to the state as early as 2030. A May 20 report from the International Olympic Committee may help that argument.
The report discusses the continued use of venues in Olympic host cities since 1896. Overall, the report indicates that 85% of all permanent Olympic venues are still in use, with Salt Lake City and Utah still using 100% of its 2002 Winter Games venues.
A total of 817 permanent Olympic venues were built in host cities between the 1896 Athens Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, the most recent included in the report.
In addition to the 85% of total sites that are still in use, the report states that 92% of sites built since 2000 are still in use.
Salt Lake City is joined by Vancouver, Canada, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, at the top of the list, with both still using 100% of its venues. Vancouver is also in contention alongside Salt Lake City for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
11 other host cities also use all of its permanent Olympic venues. Venues built for the 1928 Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland landed at the bottom, with only 33% of those venues still in use.
2002 venues in Wasatch Back include Utah Olympic Park, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Soldier Hollow. All of these venues host training and competitions every year.
The report says venues in Utah offer exercise and healthy lifestyle activities for the local community, recreational events and camps for locals and visitors, and high performance development programs for US and international athletes at the junior and senior levels.
If Salt Lake City is awarded other Olympics, a new venue could also be added to the mix; Mayflower Mountain Resort on the banks of the Jordanelle Reservoir.
Besides Salt Lake City and Vancouver, Sapporo, Japan and Barcelona, Spain is also in the running for the 2030 Olympics.