The United States Olympic Committee has invited the Reno Tahoe Games Coalition to be a part in the process of selecting the next United States city to represent the country in a future Winter Olympics bid competition. The USOC did not specify the year targeted to host this future Olympic Winter Games.
“This invitation is an affirmation of all the inspired time and effort contributed by so many over the past 15 years to return the Olympic rings to our area,” said RTWGC Board Chairman Brian Krolicki. “We have always believed that the Reno-Tahoe region offers a very unique and exciting opportunity to welcome the world’s Olympic community, especially its elite winter athletes, while creating long-lasting benefits for our communities.”
According to a press release from the coalition, which has long held the formal role of representing the area’s interests in Olympic-related matters, it has a “hard deadline” of Nov. 9 to decide whether it wants to accept the official invite from the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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The invitation included a comprehensive workbook seeking detailed information on a variety of bid categories and factors which the RTWGC are currently reviewing and will proceed if doing so makes sense for the entire region and has a viable business model.
The Reno-Tahoe region is one of three regions who were made the invitation. The last, and only, Winter Games to be held in the Reno-Tahoe region was in 1960 at Squaw Valley. Salt Lake City, the 2002 Winter Olympic host, and Denver were the two other cities invited to take part in the process.
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RTWGC leadership is currently attending sports conferences and bring elite sports competitions and events to the Reno-Tahoe region and the state of Nevada.