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Utah forms committee to work on Olympic bid

Feb. 13, 2020, 5 p.m. (ET)

Is Utah ready to host another Olympic Winter Games? An exploratory report found the answer to that question: Ready, willing and able!

The newly announced Salt Lake City-Utah Committee will prepare a bid to host either the 2030 or 2034 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games. 

“Salt Lake City and the entire state of Utah set a very high standard for hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2002,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert, in a media release. “Since then, Utah has continued to expand and grow our presence in the worldwide sports community. We see this as the right time to explore the possibility of hosting the world again.”

Fraser Bullock, COO for the 2002 Salt Lake Organizing Committee, will serve as president/CEO of the new committee, with Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation President/CEO Colin Hilton and President/CEO of the Utah Sports Commission Jeff Robbins named as vice-chairs. The full committee will have dozens of members, representing business, sport and nonprofits in Utah. Utah's dedicated efforts to maintain 2002 Olympic venues puts Salt Lake ahead of the game as they put together a plan to bring the Games back to the state.

Several speedskating Olympians will serve on the committee:

Eric Heiden (5x Olympic Gold Medalist)

Derek Parra (2x Olympic medalist)

Apolo Ohno (8x Olympic medalist)

Maame Biney (2018 Olympian)

Catherine Raney-Norman (4x Olympian and past member of the USOPC's Athletes' Advisory Council)