“Next stop Switzerland! Proud to be on the Executive Board for the Salt Lake City Olympic bid. I will be meeting with the International Olympic Committee over the next few days along with Fraser Bullock, CEO of the committee, and other members to present our bid. Looking forward to this opportunity to try and bring the Winter Olympics back to Salt Lake. Wish us luck.” –Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn has joined International Olympic Committee officials including IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne, Switzerland for week of key meetings to help secure Utah’s bid for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Games.
Deseret News reports Vonn, a Park City resident, serves on the governing board of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games. Lindsey made her Olympic debut at 17 during Utah’s first Winter Games, in 2002 and would love to see the games return stateside.
Member of the committee are expected to layout the specifics of Utah’s plan for hosting another Olympics with a proposed price tag of $2.2 billion. A trio of technical experts from the IOC quietly spent several days in Utah in April, examining the venues from 2002 that are set to be used again.
Sapporo, Japan is considered the stiffest competition to Utah for the 2030 Vancouver, Canada, and Barcelona, Spain, have also thrown their names in the hat. The IOC Executive Committee is expected to make the final decision in December with the final ratification in May 2023. There is the possibility that sites for both 2030 and 2034 will be chosen at the same time.
While Utah’s bidders are aiming on 2030, that plan is complicated by the fact that the 2028 Summer Games will be held in Los Angeles. Bid committee’s president and CEO, Fraser Bullock admits “Geopolitically, it’s hard for the IOC to award back-to-back Games in the U.S., for ’28 and for ’30.”
We will be sure to update the goings on in Lausanne as new information comes in. How do you feel about the Winter Games coming to Utah?