Denver and Salt Lake City woo USOC for 2030 Winter Olympics

DENVER -- Colorado politicians were busy Tuesday meeting with U.S. Olympic Committee officials as Denver and the state consider putting forward an official bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

“I think it would be really cool,” one man said.

“If it came, I’d definitely check it out,” a woman in Boulder explained.

Members of the U.S. Olympic Committee were in Denver on Tuesday and will visit Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Reno-Tahoe said no to an invitation to bid for a future games. But Denver and Salt Lake City are giving the greenlight.

The two Western cities are indicating they will be serious candidates. Some concerned Denverites, however, say the push for the Winter Games needs scrutiny from voters.

“We’re not at all anti-Olympics,” said referendum supporter Tony Pigford. “We are for democracy.”

Pigford is part of the effort behind Let Denver Vote. He and others want to put the Olympic choice on a ballot in May.

“It’s rare for the Olympics to make money,” Pigford said. “They typically have no long-term financial benefit.”

The head of the committee in Colorado vying for the games says officials are focused on private funding.

If the USOC selects Denver for the U.S. bid, then it will go against other cities around the world that would be vying for the games.

A vote by the International Olympic Committee would take place in 2023.

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