The Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee board heard has reported about several facets of the Winter Games bid. Here is a summary:
Committee needs $1.3 million- The Olympic Bid Committee still needs to raise $1.3 million to meet its goal of bringing 60 International Olympic Committee members to Utah. Kem Gardner, fund-raising chairman, said that the committee's overall 1998 Games campaign budget has been raised $200,000 to $3.8 million to bring an additional 20 IOC members to the city before next June. About 40 have already committed to come, Tom Welch said Thursday.
Gardner says he wants to raise $500,000 from local corporate donors, $500,000 at an East Coast fund raiser to be held in February and another $300,000 through special coin, ski and product sales.
Bobsled-luge track will be "world's fastest"
- Neil Richardson, bid committee vice president and facilities specialist, unveiled plans for the proposed bobsled-luge run at Bear Hollow in Summit County.
"It will be the world's fastest bobsled track," Richardson said. Included are turns and curves that will give U.S. athletes who train on it a "hometown advantage." U.S. bobsled and luge athletes have examined the site and expressed enthusiastic support, officials said.
Richardson also presented plans for a new downhill run at Snowbasin that designers said they think will be the best in North America.
Undertaking releases IOC of liability
- The board gave tentative approval to an "undertaking" that releases the International Olympic Committee from all financial risk and responsibility in the event the city wins the Games.
In the agreement, which was negotiated by state, city and Olympic committee lawyers, requires the organizing committee to obtain a $100 million insurance policy during the Games. In the arrangement, the financial risk would be passed on to the state which controls all Olympic surpluses.
Bid book will be top secret
- Salt Lake's 1998 Olympic bid book will remain top secret until Oct. 10, according to officials. The reason for the secrecy: Don't let the competition know what you're up to. The handcrafted bid book will be hand-delivered to IOC headquarters in Switzerland on Oct. 1. After 10 days, the Olympic committee will deliver the book to individual IOC members throughout the world.
Salt Lake first in Birmingham
Salt Lake Bid Committee officials said they have been first to make hotel and other arrangements in England, where the IOC will make the 1998 Winter Games selection.
Bid officials were featured on a local radio program and presented gifts to the mayor. Their plan calls for as many as 200 residents to be in Birmingham when the decision is made. The most lengthy tour will include the theater in London and dinners at two English country estates.
Students to get winter sports primer
- Utah's schoolchildren will get a firsthand look at Winter Olympic sports. A van filled with winter sports equipment and a specialist will begin visiting classrooms to teach them about winter sports.
The curriculum, approved by the State Office of Education, was borrowed from Calgary, Alberta, where the 1988 Winter Games were held. The curriculum and equipment will be unveiled at next week's UEA Convention.