Klamath Falls, Ore., became the second city to drop out of the race for the 1998 Winter Olympics this week, leaving Salt Lake City to vie for the U.S. Olympic bid against three other cities.

Klamath Falls could not meet several financial and technical criteria required by the USOC's Site Selection Committee, visiting the city this week, said Dixie Bell, of the Klamath Falls Winter Games Organizing Committee."We still have our funding so we're going to go into a sports training center and I think we're still going to build some of our venues. Maybe we will try for the 2002 Games," Bell said.

With the departure of Klamath and two-time Olympics host Lake Placid, New York, in March, Salt Lake City will face Anchorage, Alaska; Denver; and Reno-Lake Tahoe, Nev., in the U.S. bid for the Winter Olympics.

The USOC will vote on "America's Choice" to host the Games June 4 in Des Moines, Iowa.