Denver committee to ponder future Olympic bid in Colorado


Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have formed an exploratory committee of business and civic leaders to consider the potential benefits, ramifications — and costs — involved in bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, The Denver Post has learned.

The 22-member committee will be headed by Don Elliman, executive director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology at the University of Colorado Medical School, and Anne Warhover, chief executive of the Colorado Health Foundation.

The work of the committee likely will go a long way toward determining whether Colorado will present a proposal to the United States Olympic Committee.

Among its tasks will be to determine not only the costs to bid for the games but to assess potential venues for the various competitions — including those that would have to be built.

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Scott Wedel 5 years, 4 months ago

It'll never happen. USOC is in the middle of a fight with the IOC over rights money. And Denver is the only awarded venue to turn down an Olympics and the voters could do it again.

Only way that Denver gets an Olympics is if some other city backs out and Denver can host with existing infrastructure.

It is a farce to suggest that this will be some great long lasting boost to tourism. Seriously, anyone not hear of Colorado skiing and snow? X Games is hosted where? World Cup Skiing events at Beaver Creek? What, someone think Vail and Aspen could become popular tourist cities once they became known outside of the area?


Dan Hill 5 years, 4 months ago

Scott is right - I guarantee that Denver is blacklisted by the IOC for all time. Hell would freeze over (and be the Winter Olympic venue) before Denver will ever be awarded the games again.

Plus there'd need to be HUGE bucket of money from somewhere (hint: our pockets) to solve the I-70 bottleneck. No thanks.


rhys jones 5 years, 4 months ago

Tip to organizers: Leave Steamboat off the list of possible participants, unless you want to be threatened with fraud and jail, taken into custody by Ski Patrol, sent to the bottom where more await, then the kids held until their Dad could return to the ski area with the proper pass for one of the kids, hobbling on crutches the whole way, when all of this could have been avoided with one call to the ticket office.

I recommend Aspen, with 4 real mountains rather than one big hill, the REAL "Ski Town USA" where the DUI rate is 1/15 of ours; I documented that for my last set of drunk classes.


exduffer 5 years, 4 months ago

How about a tax district that includes the entire state. Any increase in professional athletes salaries would be taxed 100% and used to bribe the voting members of the IOC.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 4 months ago

It'll never happen because winter tourism is already strong enough that it is simply not worth spending lots of money for a two week event. Vail is not going to get that much busier in February. Utah could make the claim that they had the mountains and the snow, but wanted far more skiers than were coming.

Colorado ski tourism does not need a bigger piece of the market because Colorado is so much of the market then what Colorado needs is a bigger market. What Colorado skiing needs is Tim Tebow saying he is going to spend February and March (ie after the Super Bowl) skiing.


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