If Denver decides to bid on a Winter Olympic Games in 2030 — and that’s a big “if” — it will have one less competitor among potential U.S. sites.The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported Monday that the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition will decline an invitation from the U.S. Olympic Committee to bid on the 2030 Winter Olympics.That leaves Denver and Salt Lake City as the remaining cities that the USOC has invited to submit bids for a future winter games.Salt Lake hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, the last U.S. city to do so.The Reno-Tahoe panel decided that a bid would not be practical financially. But the area did not rule out a bid after 2030.Bidding on the games involves preparing a workbook outlining proposed venues, transportation planning, security and other issues.The Reno-Tahoe area straddling the California-Nevada lone hosted the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, at Squaw Valley, near Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Sports Coverage Panel backs Denver bid … [Read more...] about Once less competitor for Denver on possible 2030 Winter Olympics bid
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by Sports of The Times ByMichael Powell Nov. 12, 2018 CALGARY, Alberta — Hobbled by a reputation for gross expense and corruption, the International Olympic Committee has become a mendicant, shuffling from nation to nation, shaking its cup and asking if anyone might be interested in bidding on the 2026 Winter Games. The Norwegians, the greatest of all Winter Olympic countries, found too many expenses and too much potential environmental damage. Pass. In Innsbruck, Austria, which hosted the 1976 Winter Games, the burghers shook their heads and voted no. A canton in Switzerland, home of the I.O.C., voted to bolt the door. So Olympic officials turned their eyes to Calgary, the lively Canadian city that hosted the 1988 Winter Games. They murmured softly and smiled sweetly and asked: Might you like to bid? Calgary … [Read more...] about Does Calgary Really Want the Winter Olympics? Does Anyone?
FUJISAWA, Japan >> Efforts are under way to develop a cherry tree that can bloom in the height of summer, and do it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI Blossoms erupt on a tokaizakura cherry at the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Japan. FUJISAWA, Japan >> Efforts are under way to develop a cherry tree that can bloom in the height of summer, and do it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A regional council — put together by the Kanagawa prefectural government and others — promoting flowers and greenery successfully engineered an early bloom tokaizakura cherry tree that blossomed last month. The tree was grown by Toru Nagoya, 56, who grows flowers in Kawasaki and writes about ikebana flower arrangement. If the effort succeeds, the iconic Japanese blossoms could decorate event venues and be presented in medal ceremonies during the Olympic Games. The experiment was performed at the Enoshima Aquarium … [Read more...] about Will cherry trees bloom for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games?
Denver made history in 1972, when its voters decided to reject the Winter Olympic Games that had been scheduled for the city in 1976. Now, the spirit of ’76 is in the air again: A group of political organizers, including former Gov. Dick Lamm, are launching a campaign that could give Denver voters the ultimate decision on the city’s financial involvement in a potential bid for the Games. “Denver voters need a voice, especially when there’s more abundant resources,” said Tony Pigford, an organizer of the new campaign and a candidate for Denver City Council. “Let them decide if they want to spend it on a really risky mega project.” Campaign starts now City officials and business leaders have been looking at the 2030 Winter Games since December, when Mayor Michael Hancock convened an “exploratory” group of influential people. That group recommended that Denver pursue a bid for the games. The new counter-effort, called Olympics … [Read more...] about Winter Olympic bid might be an issue on Denver’s May ballot
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Despite two possible bidders dropping out in recent weeks, IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body is satisfied with the 2026 Winter Games hosting race.Austrian Olympic officials withdrew a project centered on Graz this month, and voters in Switzerland rejected Sion's planned bid last month.The International Olympic Committee is still in talks with five possible candidates: Turin and Milan in Italy; Stockholm; Erzurum, Turkey; Calgary, Canada; and Sapporo, Japan."We are pretty happy with the status of this candidature procedure," Bach said on Friday at a news conference after a three-day executive board meetingThe IOC leader suggests fewer than five will be on the ballot paper when IOC members pick the host in October 2019 in Milan.Cities that seem unlikely to win could be advised against committing time and expense to stay in the race to the end."In an ideal world this reduction is happening in cooperation with the relevant candidate cities," Bach … [Read more...] about IOC leader happy with shrinking 2026 Winter Olympic contest