The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is expected to announce the country’s candidate for a future Winter Olympics by the end of the year. Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno-Tahoe are all contenders for the bid and could host the Games as soon as 2030.
Salt Lake City is considered to be a strong option, as the majority of the infrastructure and venues from the 2002 Olympics are still actively used and maintained.
Denver won the bid to host the Winter Olympics in 1976, but denied the opportunity due to a lack of funding and environmental concerns.
The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, but have not returned to the Reno-Tahoe area since.
Between now and the end of the year, the USOC is conducting site visits and public opinion polls to gauge feasibility and interest within each city and state.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will likely select and announce an official host for the 2030 Winter Games within five years. Whichever city is selected by the USOC this year will be a potential candidate for the IOC’s decision.