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SALT LAKE CITY — There’s a new push for Salt Lake City to seek another Olympics now that Innsbruck, Austria, has pulled out of contention after voters rejected a referendum backing a bid for the 2026 Winter Games.
“I think we all thought (Innsbruck) would be the leading candidate for 2026, but given the referendum, things are very much up in the air,” Fraser Bullock, the chief financial officer of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, said Sunday.
Bullock said the referendum, coupled with a decision by the Swiss government last week to postpone financially backing a bid by Sion, “suggests that there are very few candidates, viable candidates for 2026, let alone 2030.”
And the U.S. Olympic Committee is finally ready to look at going after a Winter Games again now that Los Angeles has been awarded the 2028 Summer Games, the first American Olympics since Salt Lake.
All that may be adding up to a 2026 bid by Salt Lake City, Bullock said.
“Utah loved hosting the Games and is the best place in the world for Olympic Winter Games. We remain ready, willing and able to host once again,” he said, citing the theme of Salt Lake’s effort to bid for the 2022 Winter Games, cut short by the USOC’s decision to focus on securing a Summer Games.
“With the indications from the USOC that they would like to host (a) Winter Games again, combined with the defeat of the referendum in Innsbruck and the challenges faced in Sion, discussions will be accelerating in terms of next steps for Salt Lake City,” Bullock said.
Besides a possible bid by Salt Lake or another American city, the list of cities considering for the next Winter Games to be awarded by the International Olympic Committee includes Calgary and Stockholm, he said.
Innsbruck is officially out of the running after more than half the voters in the Austrian province of Tyrol opposed hosting another Olympics, leaders of the province announced Sunday.