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Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki details Olympic bid

Dylan Silver
dsilver@tahoedailytribune.com

Nevada’s Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki has learned a lot in the past six years, particularly about what it takes to form a bid for the world’s largest winter sporting event: the winter Olympics.

Krolicki, head of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, spoke to a group of about 50 snow-sports journalists Tuesday, pushing the region’s effort to score an Olympic bid.

“We think this is an opportunity to seize, and this is the moment to seize it,” Krolicki said.

At least two groups are lobbying for a Reno-Tahoe bid for the 2022 winter Olympics. Though the planning for a bid has already begun, it’s unclear whether the U.S. Olympic Committee will even put a bid in for the Winter Games.

“It’s all contingent on whether or not the USOC decides to submit a bid,” Krolicki said.

Nonetheless, the RTWGC is already working with partners to gauge the region’s capacity to host. Details like having exactly the right type of downhill slope for slalom races, the elevation of the nordic track and proximity of venues for the different competitions all have to be measured.

So far, the region looks like it could handle the event, Krolicki said. Even with some events in Reno and some in Sacramento, it would be a relatively compact venue compared to other Olympics, he added.

“The logistics of a Winter Games here are profoundly more simple than other venues,” Krolicki said.

A bid for the Olympics could cost around $5 million, Krolicki said. The RTWGC is working with the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee to put together the bid.

Denver, Salt Lake City, Utah Lake Placid, New York and Bozeman, Montana have all expressed interest in hosting the 2022 event.

If the USOC chooses to do so, they will make a bid for the 2022 Winter Games in 2013. The host city will be awarded in 2015.

Council moves forward with bath salts ordinance

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will vote on an ordinance that would ban the possession, sale and manufacturing of synthetic drugs called “bath salts” and “spice” at their March 20 meeting.

The council had the first reading of the ordinance at its Tuesday meeting.

Bath salts are a synthetic designer drug that induce a cocaine- or amphetamine-like high. The product can be snorted, smoked, injected or ingested. Spice is a synthetic drug meant to produce a high similar to marijuana. It is typically smoked or lit like incense and inhaled.

Both products are available legally under a variety of brands and names, though California enacted a law that makes it illegal to sell or distribute “any synthetic stimulant derivative” late last year.


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