Denver is looking to stage the 2030 Winter Olympics with a radical hosting model which would split events between different states across North America.
Salt Lake City is considered to have the edge in the fight to gain United States Olympic Committee approval to host the Games, with Utah having all 16 necessary venues for all sports and disciplines. Colorado, by contrast, has just 13 venues.
“It’s really ours to lose,” Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski told members of her state’s Olympic exploratory committee in October.
Denver’s left-field pitch – which is designed to save money with numerous bidders pulling out of the race to host both the summer and winter Olympics – would be to use existing venues across North America, such as Park City, Utah, and Lake Placid, New York, or even locations in Canada.
“The Olympic movement is at a tipping point where the time is right for this kind of dialogue and discussion,” Rob Cohen, chairman of the Denver and Colorado exploratory committee, told The Colorado Sun.
The US Olympic Committee will vote on a 2030 host-city candidate on Dec 13. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says he has a “number of interested cities” to host the 2030 Games.