Salt Lake to bid for Olympic games

Committee meets to decide on Utah Winter Olympics bid. (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) — Salt Lake City has officially thrown it's hat into the ring to host another Winter Olympics.

The exploratory committee approved it on Wednesday morning saying they are 'ready, willing and able' to host a second time.

"We are taking into account how expensive things can be down the road," said SLC Mayor Jackie Biskupski, sporting her jacket from the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The price tag is just over $1.3-billion, which the mayor says would come from fundraising money. "We are making sure we are on the mark with the money," she said.

Wednesday's resolution gives the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) permission to consider Utah for the 2026 or 2030 games. This USOC has until the end of March, or 45 days, to decided to who send to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Salt Lake City is up against Denver, Colorado and Reno-Tahoe who have formed similar committees, but haven't made an official announcement.

"Right now, we don't know if they are in or out," said Jeff Robbins, President & CE of Utah Sports Commission. "We kind of think when (the other cities) see the budget, and see some of things we are ahead of them on, they might think twice."

If Utah is selected, the USOC will send Salt Lake City to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has until September 2019 to select a host city.

Governor Gary Herbert signed the resolution of intent on Wednesday morning before the committee approved the measure. This is the fourth piece of legislation Governor Gary Herbert has signed since the session started more than three weeks ago. The three others are bills about public education.

If Salt Lake is not selected for 2026, Utah's exploratory committee will push for a 2030 bid.

A delegation will be going to Korea for this year’s Winter Olympics.

A 140 page report drafted by the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee details why Salt Lake would make a good host city. Find it here.

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