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Reno-Tahoe drops winter Olympics bid proposal

The field for a potential US bid for the winter Olympic and Paralympic Games has narrowed with Reno-Tahoe electing to exit the process stating that to proceed further would be “untenable and unwise”.

The Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC) confirmed the news yesterday (Monday), citing economic concerns over the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) process that is expected to focus on the 2030 Games.

“We have maintained from the start that a Reno-Tahoe bid would have to make sense economically, environmentally and socially,” Brian Krolicki, RTWGC board chairman, said. “Given the parameters and conditions presented, we cannot make the numbers pass muster. To continue, at this point, would be untenable and unwise.”

The USOC last year named Reno-Tahoe, Denver and Salt Lake City as cities that expressed interest and recently called on the trio to submit detailed bid proposals by a deadline of November 9. The USOC is expected to decide on an American bid city by the end of the year. A US bid has previously been earmarked for the 2030 Games, but there are concerns over the bidding process for the 2026 Games with all three contenders – Calgary, Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo and Stockholm – facing significant challenges.

In its statement explaining the decision, the RTWGC specifically cited the fact that Los Angeles, host of the 2028 summer Games, will have exclusive Olympic marketing rights from early next year through to the end of the event.

The Coalition added: “Budget models for the Reno-Tahoe bid are based on a traditional seven-year marketing and sponsorship cycle and the RTWGC does not see an alternative business model to make a significantly shorter time span work.”

The RTWGC added that it will continue its work so that in the event a “traditional time-lined bid cycle beyond 2030 arises, the region will be poised to once again engage”.