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Salt Lake City more likely to bid for 2034 Winter Olympics MPNRC

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Recent meetings with the IOC have led US officials to believe that all indications point to Salt Lake City’s bid for the 2034 Winter Olympics, although they say they will not be able to host the 2030 Games. If told, the capital of Utah will be ready.

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US Olympic and Paralympic Committee chair Susan Lyons said she sees Salt Lake City as a prime candidate for the 2034 Olympics. It added complications to Los Angeles hosting 2030 only two years after the Summer Games, making it less likely.

“We’ll figure it out, but if that’s our priority, it’s better for us to do 2034,” Leon said in an interview with The Associated Press. “So I think in Salt Lake, the bidding committee is realizing that we are absolutely in a great position for 2034, but we can still get called for 2030.”

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The LA organizing committee handles marketing duties for the entire American Olympic movement hosting the Games, so it would be difficult to rework some of the arrangements for back-to-back Olympics in the same country.

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Lyons said some IOC members were disappointed by US lawmakers’ criticism of China in the lead-up to this year’s Beijing Games. Some of those lawmakers pointed to alleged human rights abuses in China, calling on the US to boycott those games. The US “diplomatically boycotted” the Games, refusing to send any government officials to the Games.

Later the Congress heard the issue.

“Calling our sponsors for a hearing in Washington, DC was not helpful at all, and there are some hard feelings about it,” Lyons said.

Still, Lyons said IOC officials told him they knew Salt Lake City, hosted in 2002, could step into the role in 2030.

“They said the bid was too tight technically,” she said.

More clarity is expected later this year, with a large part of the decision based on whether to move to other cities. Sapporo, Vancouver and Barcelona are among those known to be interested in 2030.

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