Governor Bill Ritter recently announced that Denver might bid for the 2018 Winter Games. The governor made his comments at the SportAccord conference.
At the conference’s opening ceremony, he said that “if Chicago’s not the (Olympic) city for 2016 then I think we’d make a very competitive bid for 2018, for the Winter Olympics”.
The success of DIA and the Democratic National Convention could work in Colorado’s favor.
Ritter said, “those are the things the Olympic Committee will look to and understand Denver’s a place that can host 2018 and everybody will be happy about it”.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who opened the SportAccord conference, said it is time for the community to discuss whether it wants to bid on an Olympic Games but there are certain advantages.
He said, “it would be a real incentive to fix the bottleneck that goes from I-70, from Denver all the way to Summit Country. We would have a real incentive and I think support from Washington to get a solution and let’s built it, so we don’t always have every weekend everyone sitting in traffic all day”.
Meanwhile the Associated Press reported recently the United States won’t bid for the 2018 Winter Games, even if Chicago fails to win the 2016 Games.
United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Jim Scherr said last month, “we would have to have a shorter turnaround because of the deadline for submission of candidates for the 2018 Games. We really wouldn’t have an opportunity to regear and do a domestic process”.
Who Did get the 2018 Winter Olympic Bid?
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, is a winter multi-sport event scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9 and 25 February 2018. The elected host city was announced on 6 July 2011 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after the 123rd IOC Session in Durban. Other candidates that applied to host the games were Annecy, France, and Munich, Germany.