USOC chooses Salt Lake City over Denver for 2030 Winter Olympics bid

Salt Lake City, Utah will be put forward to host a second Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2030, beating Denver, Colorado to the nomination.

The US Olympic Committee had been expected to opt for the 2002 host, and did so during its quarterly board of directors meeting in San Francisco on Friday.

Denver’s left-field “co-hosting” model would have involved utilising existing venues across the US and potentially even Canada, with the Colorado capital serving as a “hub” but not exclusive host for the Games.

That proposal may have proved too radical for USOC, with speculation ongoing that the body has one eye on the 2026 Winter Olympics. The two remaining hosting candidates for those Games – Stockholm and Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo – continue to face funding shortfalls and public opposition.

While Salt Lake City has officially been selected as the US candidate for the 2030 Games, Utah already has all 16 venues necessary for hosting all Winter Olympic events, and could step in as a last-minute alternative for 2026 if necessary.

Salt Lake City will now put together a formal bid proposal to the IOC, though USOC has not indicated when this might take place.

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