If Colorado is ever going to host a Winter Olympics, it won’t be until at least 2026. That’s because the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) decided this week not to submit a bid for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games—just days after a Denver committee voted to “enthusiastically pursue” a bid for 2022.
According to USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, the committee believes that opting out of the upcoming bid will give the United States a better chance at hosting later Games. “Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the United States is of paramount importance to us. We want to submit a bid that is viable and that adds value to the worldwide Olympic Movement,” Blackmun said. “We believe a 2024 or 2026 bid will give us the best chance of achieving those ends.”
Squaw Valley, which hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1960, had also been preparing to bid on the 2022 Winter Games. Both California and Nevada had partnered in May to form the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition in the interest of exploring a bid for the Games.
Blackmun did add that there was also a vote to establish a working group charged with exploring a potential U.S. bid to host either the 2024 or 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games. That group will make its initial report in December. “We are firmly committed to submitting the most viable candidate city possible,” Blackmun said.
Beaver Creek Begins Construction on Women’s Downhill
In other top-notch competitive news, construction began Monday on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships women’s downhill at Colorado’s Beaver Creek Mountain. The new track will feature similar terrain to the legendary Birds of Prey World Cup men’s downhill and will host the women’s downhill, combined downhill, and super G during the World Championships slated for February 3–15, 2015.
The course, located to the skier’s right of Birds of Prey, is scheduled to make its international debut December 14–15, 2013, as the women’s World Cup travels to Beaver Creek for downhill and super G competitions. Both the men’s and women’s events will finish in the new Red Tail stadium.
“I have no doubt the new women’s downhill will be every bit as thrilling to race as the men’s hill and I hope to be competing for gold in my home town for the 2015 World Championships,” said Lindsey Vonn, Olympic downhill gold medalist, four-time World Cup overall champion, and a Vail Valley local.
Vote Now for Your Favorite Wintersport Athlete
And speaking of Lindsey Vonn, the alpine phenom is just one of four winter-sport athletes who have been nominated for a 2012 ESPY Award. Vonn is a nominee for Best Female Athlete. She has won the highest award the last two years, and this past season won her fourth Alpine World Cup overall title. Also up for ESPYS are snowboarders and fellow Olympic gold medalists Shaun White and Kelly Clark, along with Jamie Anderson. Each are nominated in the Best Action Sports Athlete category.
The ESPYS are determined entirely by popular vote. Polling is open until July 9 at espn.go.com/
. The awards will air live on July 11 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Jay Peak, Burke Mountain Announce Joint Pass
In Vermont, Jay Peak and Burke Mountain Resorts announced they will be offering combination season passes valid at both areas. The joint offerings will be available across many of the resorts’ season pass and ticket categories, and will grant holders access to the two mountains.
“Offering a variety of combination passes to both Jay Peak and Burke Mountain is the natural first-step in aligning the two areas’ ticket programs,” said Steve Wright, Jay Peak’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Such products are a great way to get skiers and riders—who may have never visited one of the resorts—to experience a different mountain.”
Jay Peak purchased Burke Mountain in May. The new passes go on sale July 9.