An Olympic bid for 2030 or beyond will be a go, if Colorado voters say so

After months of collecting data and speaking with Colorado residents, the Winter Games Exploratory Committee has recommended that Colorado pursue hosting a Winter Olympics.

Allan Tellis. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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American nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Kevin Pedraja)

American nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Kevin Pedraja)

After months of collecting data and speaking with Colorado residents, the Winter Games Exploratory Committee has recommended that Colorado pursue hosting a Winter Olympics in 2030 or beyond.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and MayorMichael Hancock have both accepted the recommendation with the caveat that pursuing a bid is voted on at a statewide level. 

The committee has put forward a plan that will allow the games to be funded without any money coming directly from taxpayers.

“The report by the Exploratory Committee details how Denver and Colorado could host a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and includes a comprehensive plan that would allow the games to be executed within the organizing committee’s budget and without direct funding from any public entity or the taxpayers, nor would it require state or local taxpayers to be financially responsible for any potential losses associated with the games,” read the release.

The committee believes hosting the games would lead to overall improvements in our state’s infrastructure as it did for other North American cities like Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

Governor Hickenlooper echoed that sentiment, saying in a press release, “We handle crowds much greater than the typical Winter Games attendance without significant congestion or other impacts to the state. This report shows how a Winter Games could provide long-term economic, social and environmental benefits.”

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