Salt Lake City’s increased efforts to host a second Olympic Winter Games include ongoing discussions with organizers of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Games, Susanne Lyons, president of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed on Monday. (USOPC), from its headquarters in Colorado Springs.
The talks show the Utah capital is keen to run for the previous Games in 2030, even as organizers say they may have to wait until 2034.
Holding the Games just 18 months apart in the United States could be financially inefficient for both events and the USOPC, as the exclusive sponsorship windows will overlap and there is a risk that some disposable income will be split. Organizers in Los Angeles, who won the Games in 2017, are expected to sign the Salt Lake City 2030 Games and may ask for concessions in return.
Other insiders have suggested that the double blow of the back-to-back Summer and Winter Games could be a marketing boon for sponsors and provide efficiencies that reduce the costs of hosting both events.
âWe are very much aware that there are interlocking threads,â Lyons said. GamesBids.com by conference call referring to conversations between the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee (SLC-UTAH), the LA 2028 Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Last week, SLC-UTAH took it up a notch by appointing Olympian Catherine Raney Norman as the new bid chair and adding top athletes to the board including Lindsey Vonn, Apolo Ohno and Monte Meier.
SLC-UTAH President Fraser Bullock was frank with The sports examiner when he indicated a clear preference to host in 2030 over 2034. He said that âour sites are well supported by the  endowment, but the endowment is decreasing, and over time it’s going to get smaller and smaller, and can we keep our sites active? It was never intended to last this long, so there are going to be financial hardships to keep everything alive until 2034. Frankly, the numbers don’t add up.
âI think the other thing is – very important – back to the athletes. â34 is a long wait for the Games to come back here, and if we’re going to re-energize the USA team in winter sports, I think ’30 would be a lot stronger for us. “
But Lyons stressed that no decision has been made and that opportunities exist either year “if and when we bring the Winter Games back to the United States.”
Lyons also pointed out that there would be little movement with the bid ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which is slated to open on July 23.
Earlier this month, IOC President Thomas Bach downplayed the urgency of awarding the next available Winter Games slated for 2030 despite news that Brisbane is set to sign the host city contract to host the Summer Games two years later in 2032, when members meet to vote on plans in Tokyo next month.
Bach said GamesBids.com âWe’re in no rush, you know we’re still nine years ahead of these Winter Games, so it’s a work in progress. Let’s see when when [the IOC Future Host Commission] will find something [to report to Executive Board].
He added: âThe organization of the Winter Games is somewhat more complex than the organization of the Summer Games because Olympic size swimming pools are available almost everywhere in the world, but there are not so many of mountains where you can organize a descent. Some of them therefore require further study.
The Winter Games are usually awarded seven years in advance, but in 2019 new reforms eliminated the deadlines and now allow the IOC Executive Board to nominate a candidate for election at any time. Interested cities engage in an ongoing dialogue with future IOC Host Commissions until a preferred candidate is recognized. With Salt Lake City, 2030 bidders emerged from Vancouver in Canada, Sapporo in Japan and Pyrenees-Barcelona. Quebec in Canada has also expressed interest and other jurisdictions may be involved, but the IOC has said it will keep the names of interested bidders confidential.
Beijing is expected to host the 2022 Winter Games in February and Milan-Cortina is preparing to host the event in 2026.