The Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition has been invited to take part in an unprecedented accelerated process to select the next U.S. city to represent to the country in a future Winter Olympic bid competition.
The coalition released a press release that it has a hard deadline of November 9 to decide whether it wants to accept the official invite from the U.S. Olympic Committee. The coalition has long held the formal role of representing the area’s interests in Olympic-related matters. The invitation included a comprehensive workbook seeking detailed information on a variety of bid categories and factors.
"This invitation is an affirmation of all the inspired time and effort contributed by so many over the past 15 years to return the Olympic rings to our area," said RTWGC Board Chairman Brian Krolicki. "We have always believed that the Reno-Tahoe region offers a very unique and exciting opportunity to welcome the world's Olympic community, especially its elite winter athletes, while creating long-lasting benefits for our communities.
"We are exceedingly proud that our collective and sustained Olympic related efforts have been recognized by the USOC," Krolicki added. "(We) are delighted to be one of three cities considered capable of hosting a future Olympic Winter Games in the United States."
Reno-Tahoe is one of three U.S. regions considered possible contenders for a future Winter Olympics. The RTWGC has been reviewing the workbook and will only move forward if it feels like it’s the right move for the region. The USOC did not specify what year the future Winter Olympics will take place.
"From the start, we have asserted that a Winter Games bid must make economic, environmental and social sense," said Jon Killoran, RTWGC CEO, in the release. "We are proud to be recognized by the USOC as worthy of this opportunity, and we shall review the requirements set forth in the USOC workbook through the lens of ensuring that we can satisfy our firm commitment to these principles. Timing is also a key component, both on the home front, as well as the Olympic Games bid situation from cycle to cycle."
The last, and only, Winter Games held in this region were in 1960 at Squaw Valley. Salt Lake City, the 2002 Winter host, and Denver are the two other cities in the running. Check back for updates to see if Reno-Tahoe is chosen for the next Winter Olympic Games!
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