Lindsey Vonn to bid Salt Lake City Winter Olympics to IOC


Lindsey Vonn will be part of a Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Bid Team meeting with the IOC at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15-16.

Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Games, is among the candidates to host the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics and is in dialogue with the IOC, as are at least Sapporo, Japan and Vancouver.

“We are focused on 2030” Fraser Bullock, the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, said Thursday at a meeting of the board of directors. “Everything we do, every contract we sign, is all about 2030. But it also contains a provision for 2034.”

Salt Lake City bid officials expect the IOC to choose one or more cities for a more focused dialogue phase for at least 2030 in December and a host city election next May 30 or June 1. .

The IOC maintains a flexible process for choosing its Olympic hosts. In the past, hosts were chosen via IOC member voting seven years in advance, and this could still be how the 2030 host is chosen.

Vonn, who retired in 2019 as the most successful alpine ski World Cup racer, made her Olympic debut at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 at the age of 17.

“She was instantly, ‘Absolutely! How can I be involved? » Catherine Raney-Normanchairman of the Salt Lake bid and a retired Olympic speed skater, said Thursday, according to the Salt Lake Grandstand. “I think she’s going to share an incredibly unique experience as an athlete, as a world leader in sport, as a champion in mental health. And I think it’s going to be something huge.

Salt Lake City’s plan called for using 100% of existing venues, thanks in large part to the 2002 Games, the last time the United States entered a bid for the Winter Olympics.

In December 2018, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee selected Salt Lake City over Denver for a potential Winter Olympics bid. Entering the IOC Dialogue Phase more than two years ago demonstrated the USOPC’s commitment to pursuing the city’s bid.

If successful, the United States could host back-to-back Olympics, given that the 2028 Summer Games have been awarded to Los Angeles. No nation has held back-to-back Olympics since World War II.

“We recognize back-to-back Games are tough,” Bullock said. “Geopolitically, it’s difficult for the IOC to award back-to-back Games to the United States, for ’28 and for ’30. We know it’s difficult. But we also recognize that there are opportunities through Games consecutive.

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