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USOC boss lists Reno, Salt Lake, Denver as possible hosts for Winter Olympics

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This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo shows U,S, Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun speaking about the Team USA WinterFest for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

PARK CITY, Utah — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee say they are interested in hosting a Winter Olympics, either in 2026 or 2030.

At a news conference Monday, CEO Scott Blackmun said Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno, Nevada, are among the cities that might be considered.

Blackmun said the USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility.

Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee awarded Los Angeles the 2028 Games, which will mark the first time the Summer Olympics have been held in the U.S. since 1996.

The last Winter Olympics in the United States were in Salt Lake City in 2002. Leaders there have expressed interest in hosting again, and USOC chairman Larry Probst said he has heard indications from the IOC that it would like to bring the Winter Games back to a "traditional" locale, in North American or Europe.

Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 winter games, marking the first time the games were hosted in the western U.S. Since then there have been efforts to try and bring the games back to the Reno-Tahoe region, though none of those have proven successful.

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Tribune staff contributed to this report.

 

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