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Lake Tahoe Region Looks To Possible 2022 Olympics Bid


The last time the Winter Olympics set down around Lake Tahoe it was 1960 at Squaw Valley. You can see plenty of photos and memorabilia from those first-ever televised games at the resort’s High Camp area.


Is it déjà vu all over again? Looks like it. Leaders from Nevada and California have popped the lid on an effort bring the Games back after a half-century-plus hiatus. An exploratory committee will determine whether the region should formally bid for the Games. The International Olympic Committee will pick the site in 2015. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will pick it’s entrant in the contest first.


California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki made the joint announcement of the committee’s formation last week. The group will have the support of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, the California, and the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, and others. These groups will commit “significant resources” to the effort.


“The timing is right for Californians and Nevadans to come together and seriously explore bringing the Winter Olympic Games to the Tahoe Region, Krolicki said. “Our new committee is the evolution of years of work by many people, and if the USOC decides to bid on the 2022 Winter Olympics, we will be ready to showcase the Tahoe region’s scenic majesty and winter games capabilities.”


What It Means: The Tahoe Region will have stiff competition as Denver, Colo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Bozeman, Mont. are considering bids. That’s just the U.S. competition. Still, anyone who remembers the choreographed doves released at the Walt Disney-planned Opening Ceremonies and that Russia-USA hockey game long before the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid, might well be pulling for a sequel.

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