Salt Lake City and three other cities were officially invited by the U.S. Olympic Committee to place their bids for the 1998 Winter Olympics June 4 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Salt Lake City will present its bid to the USOC together with Anchorage, Alaska; Denver; and Reno-Tahoe, Nev. The cities were chosen by the USOC site visitation team that toured the cities last month.The invitation came as no surprise to Tom Welch, chairman of the Salt Lake Winter Games Organizing Committee. "It was what we'd hoped," he said.

"Three weeks of hard work" is what lays ahead of the city's organizing committee as it prepares to make its bid to the USOC, Welch said, noting that documents are due to the USOC on May 19.

The invitations were based in part on a tour by the site visitation team of each city. The site visitation committee will make a recommendation to the USOC on which city or cities should win the USOC bid for the Games.

Klamath Falls, Ore., and Lake Placid, N.Y., dropped out of the bidding process earlier.