Lake Placid, New York may bid to host another U.S. Winter Olympics

While a decision by the International Olympic Committee on Salt Lake City’s bid for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games is unlikely to come until later this year, another previous U.S. host city is already gearing up to try. organize future Winter Olympics.

Lake Placid, the New York village that hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games, would be twinned with another location – New York and Montreal, Canada, were mentioned – for another bid under passed legislation. last week by the New York State Assembly creating a commission to recommend this partner.

The legislation, which still needs to be approved by the New York State Senate and Governor Kathy Hochul, also requires the commission to report to state leaders on the possibility of Lake Placid hosting other Olympic Games. winter no later than February 1, 2024.

Salt Lake City, of course, has been the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s choice to host future Winter Games since December 2018. The Utah capital, host of the 2002 Winter Games, beat Denver to bid on behalf of the United States for what was then unspecified Winter Games after the withdrawal from the Reno-Tahoe area.

As Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Summer Games, the financial feasibility of holding back-to-back American Games is still being worked out, so 2034 is still on the table. But Utah’s bidders are focused on 2030, and Salt Lake City is considered a frontrunner in the international race, along with Sapporo, Japan.

The other cities in the running are Vancouver, Canada; and Barcelona, ​​Spain, bidding with the mountainous region of the Pyrenees. Like Salt Lake City, the other contenders for 2030 are also former Olympic hosts – Sapporo, the 1972 Winter Games; Vancouver, the 2010 Winter Games; and Barcelona, ​​the 1992 Summer Games.

The 2030 and 2034 Winter Games could be awarded by the IOC at the same time under a new, less formal selection process intended to ensure a steady stream of candidates capable of delivering a sustainable event that does not break the bank and does not discourage future bidders. .

Although there is no deadline for choosing the site of the next Winter Games, the IOC recently confirmed that the field could be reduced to a single city by the end of the year, ratification final by all members expected in May 2023.

Lake Placid’s interest in hosting a third Olympics in the region comes after New York State spent millions of dollars upgrading facilities originally built for the Winter Games. 1980 with a view to the village hosting the 2023 World University Games, according to Spectrum News 1, a news channel in central New York.

“The Lake Placid area is ready to resume the conversation about hosting the Winter Olympics,” New York Congressman Billy Jones told the news channel. “Hosting the Games would be great for our regional economy and introduce a new generation to the iconic ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority) facilities.”

Jones said that since next year’s World University Games, overseen by the Switzerland-based International University Sports Federation, will have twice as many competitions as the 1980 Winter Games, “the facilities at the ‘ORDA are more than equipped to host the Winter Olympics’.

The USOPC responded to news of Lake Placid’s potential bid in a statement.

“We are grateful to New York State and ORDA for their continued support of Lake Placid as the home of Team USA and winter sports, for their commitment to providing world-class facilities and to host national and international events,” says the Colorado Springs-based organization. said.

But the USOPC added: “In 2018, we announced that the State of Utah and Salt Lake City would be our partners in the search for future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and they are currently engaged in the phases exploration and dialogue with the IOC. We look forward to hosting the Games again in Utah.

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