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July 9, 2012
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No Olympics in U.S. for 2022

VAIL - Vail won't host any part of the 2022 Winter Olympics, but neither will anyone else in the U.S.

U.S. Olympic Committee decided not to bid for the 2022 games, even though 77 percent of Coloradans surveyed wanted to host the games in our state.

On Tuesday, the USOC decided to look into bids for 2024 and 2026. They said hosting an Olympics a decade from now put them a fast timeline. A bid for the 2022 games would be due in the fall of 2013.

Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO, said going after an Olympics 12 or 16 years from now would give the USOC a better chance to put together a winning bid.

Local businessman and entrepreneur Harry Frampton was part of an exploratory committee that last week recommended moving forward with a bid for the 2022 games.

Committee spokeswoman Sue Baldwin said they knew the USOC taking a pass on the 2022 games was a possibility.

"We respect the process and respect that they want to be thoughtful with moving forward," Baldwin said. "We want to talk to them and see what their next steps might be."

The United States hasn't hosted a Summer Games since 1996 or a Winter Games since 2002, meaning there will be at least a 22-year gap between games on U.S. soil.

One of the major questions the USOC must decide is whether to go for a Summer Games, widely viewed as more prestigious and harder to land, or a Winter Olympics, where the bidding is less competitive.

Colorado voters said, thanks, but no thanks to the 1976 Winter Olympics.

So far, Norway is the only announced international candidate for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

An Olympic bid would cost between $27 million and $45 million and most of that would come from the private sector, Baldwin said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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