Denver Eyes 2018 Olympic Bid

FasterSkierOctober 22, 2008

Earlier this month France announced its intention of bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was recently brought to our intention that Denver is exploring the posibility on entering the competition for those same Olympics.

The Steve Raabe of Denver Post reports that a group of 165 local business and government leaders traveled to Vancouver, the site of the 2010 games, as part of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce's annual Leadership Exchange program. The trip to Vancouver “will help us gauge whether it's a good thing or bad thing for the community. These things can be hard to measure,” Rob Cohen, Denver's chief Olympics backer and executive chairman of the Metro Denver Sports Commission told the Post.

This is far from an official bid – at this point Denver is merely exploring the possibility of entering the running, and to date, has kept a relatively low profile, not wanting to disrupt Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games nor appear to be moving ahead without the official backing of the US Olympic Committee.

Denver has a rocky past with the Olympics. In 1972 the Colorado city was awarded the 1976 games, but voters turned them down due to financial and environmental concerns..

Read the full Denver Post Article:
Denver fostering Olympic dreams

Source: The Denver Post


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