Salt Lake City Named ‘Preferred Host’ Of Winter Olympics In 2034

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The International Olympic Committee named Salt Lake City its “preferred host” for nan 2034 Winter Olympics, marking a imaginable return of nan Winter Games to nan U.S. for nan first clip since 2002, erstwhile Salt Lake City first hosted them.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, center, chairs an IOC Executive Board ... [+] gathering to talk nan Paris 2024 athletics plans and nan upcoming editions of nan Olympic Games, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 successful Paris. IOC executive committee members will besides meet pinch nan Paris 2024 Organising Committee and sojourn a venue. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

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Key Facts

It’s not charismatic yet—Wednesday’s announcement intends nan Committee has entered into “targeted dialogues” pinch nan U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, pinch nan purpose of finalizing nan woody by its Paris convention adjacent July, according to a property release.

Still, U.S. and section officials celebrated nan news astatine a press conference successful Utah this morning, wherever Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said “we cognize we’re going to get this done.”

The metropolis had been considered a frontrunner to onshore nan Winter Games again aft nan occurrence of nan 2002 Games—much of nan infrastructure from that arena is still operational arsenic recreational facilities.

The Committee besides named nan French Alps nan preferred big for nan 2030 Winter Olympics.

Key Background

If nan woody is finalized, it will beryllium nan 5th clip successful history that nan U.S. has hosted nan Winter Olympics. The 2002 Winter Olympics successful Salt Lake City was wide considered a financial success and 1 of nan only Olympics successful history to turn a profit. The surplus backing went toward nan upkeep of accommodation constructed to big nan Games, which are still successful operation. Despite nan economical legacy, however, immoderate much caller reports propose that nan financial benefits for big cities could beryllium mild, pinch nan modern-day costs of hosting nan events ballooning and revenues struggling to support up.

Tangent

The 2002 Games were besides embroiled successful ungraded aft nan Department of Justice charged bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson pinch 15 counts of bribery and racketeering, alleging nan 2 had fixed money and gifts to Committee members to bolster Salt Lake City’s chances of landing nan Olympics. Those charges were yet dismissed, but nan ungraded led to nan take of caller rules governing nan Committee’s interactions pinch big cities.

Big Number

$2.4 billion. That’s nan fund section organizers person projected for nan 2034 event, according to nan Salt Lake Tribune. But officials person claimed nan arena will beryllium privately funded.

What To Watch For

The 2028 Summer Olympics are group to return spot successful Los Angeles, which will people nan first Olympic Games staged successful nan U.S. since nan 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games and nan first Summer Olympics successful nan U.S. since nan 1996 Games successful Atlanta.