Olympian Raney-Norman named president of Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bid

To continue efforts to create an athlete-led Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid, the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee (SLC-UTAH) has named four-time Olympian speed skater Catherine Raney Norman to chair the project which hopes to secure a second Winter Games for the state capital – in 2030 or 2034.

Catherine Raney Norman, Chair of the SLC-UTAH Bid (Photo: Sarah Brunson)

Raney Norman competed in four Winter Games from 1998 to 2010 and became a respected voice for athletes serving on the Athlete Advisory Council of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), becoming Vice President. In 2012, she was appointed by the state governor to an exploratory committee tasked with bringing the Games back to Utah.

Steve Starks has been named vice president of the bid and will serve as the governor’s Olympic and Paralympic advisor to bridge the gap between the two bodies.

These decisions, along with the nomination of 10 additional athletes to the committee, were made when the SLC-UTAH committee met this week.

Current nominating committee chair Cindy Crane and President Fraser Bullock, as well as Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall participated in the discussions.

“As we enter a period of increased international engagement, having athletic-focused vision, contribution and oversight is essential to our efforts to bring the Games back to Utah,” said Bullock.

“As a future bidding organization, we are truly the stewards of the Olympic and Paralympic movement,” Raney Norman told reporters.

“A major part of this stewardship is how we in Utah engage in all aspects of this movement to bring positive benefits to our communities,” she added.

The athletes added to the board were legendary American Olympians and Paralympians, including eight-time speed skating medalist Apolo Ohno, alpine ski champion Lindsey Vonn and four-time Paralympic medalist Monte Meier.

The board of directors includes figure skating medalist Nathan Chen, Olympic Nordic combined champion Billy Demong, three-time Olympic ice hockey medalist Meghan Duggan, Paralympic snowboard champion Noah Elliott, Olympic champion Ted Ligety, champion Cross-country ski paralympic and biathlete Oksana Masters and Olympic silver medalist in luge Chris Mazdzer.

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah hosted the venues for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Wikipedia)

Utah’s capital was elected by the USOPC in 2018 as the US nomination to bid for future Winter Games after the city was deemed more qualified than a rival Denver bid. He has since been involved in a “continuous dialogue” with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which puts him in contention for future Games. The 2030 and 2034 editions are considered as possible editions to host.

Last December, USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said the national federation had initiated discussions with the organizing committee for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games to better understand the impacts of the second Games in the United States alone. 18 months later, and how mutual income opportunities might suffer.

She said: “Because we are the host of the LA ’28 Games, it adds a layer of complexity to the discussions. “

Los Angeles has promised a construction-free Olympics that will only use existing or temporary venues that allow the event to generate profits, and protecting this financial model will be a priority for organizers. Salt Lake City has a similar proposition, with venues still in place since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

The candidatures of Sapporo in Japan and Pyrenees-Barcelona in Spain were nominated by the IOC in January 2020 as potential candidates to host the Winter Games, but such announcements will no longer occur in accordance with a new policy of the organization. . Instead, the ongoing dialogue between potential bidders and the IOC will take place in private.

With the delay and damping of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan, it’s now unclear whether supporters of Sapporo’s bid are still interested in moving forward, but in recent months Vancouver has shown itself. interested in continuing the 2030 edition to resume the 2010 Canada Games. in the city.

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is meeting virtually and in Lausanne, Switzerland this week and may name Australia’s Brisbane as the designated host of the 2032 Summer Games after hearing a report from the future host’s commission Thursday. The agenda does not include a report on the outlook for the Winter Games for the upcoming 2030 Games and there is no set timeline for the election of a host.

The ongoing dialogue between the IOC and interested hosts takes place behind closed doors and participating jurisdictions are not officially named.

Hirshland said late last year that any decision on Games timelines and dates would be made several months in the future, while the safe staging of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games remains a priority during the pandemic of COVID-19.

The next Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place in Beijing, China in February 2022. Italy will host the Milan-Cortina Joint Games in 2026.

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