Utah Olympic backers are anticipating advice on "putting their best foot forward" from the International Olympic Committee's site evaluation team, Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis said Tuesday.
"We expect to hear a way of how to best sell our community support," the mayor said during a Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. "I think what they may tell us is how to put our best foot forward."The evaluation team is scheduled to meet with the Salt Lake City Bid Committee for the Olympic Winter Games Wednesday morning before departing for Nagano, Japan.
The group responsible for telling the 94-member IOC whether Salt Lake City is capable of hosting a Winter Games is preparing lengthy technical examinations of each contender's facilities.
Salt Lake City, the United States' choice to host the 1998 Winter Games, is competing with Nagano; Sochi, the Soviet Union; Aosta, Italy; Oestersund, Sweden; and Jaca, Spain.
While DePaulis was telling the business audience about the state's efforts to land the Winter Games, the evaluation team was having breakfast with Gov. Norm Bangerter.
Bangerter told the team during the breakfast at the home of bid committee chairman Tom Welch that Utahns are committed to the Olympics, citing several opinion polls.
The evaluation team was scheduled to spend most of the day in Park City, touring the site of a winter sports park planned for Bear Hollow, which would house both a ski jump and a track for the bobsled and luge.
After lunch at millionaire industrialist Jon Huntsman's Deer Valley home, the evaluation team was then to walk down Main Street in Park City to Arts Plaza, which is being renamed Olympic Plaza.
The evaluation team was to conclude their third day in Salt Lake City watching the Utah Jazz play the San Antonio Spurs from front-row seats in the Salt Palace.