I believe the level of bribery is not bribes paid out to get the bid from the
IOC to host the games but the corrupt bribes paid to contractors and those
awarding contracts during the construction of the venues. Any time you spend
$50 billion to construct venues like Russia did especially in the Russian
construction environment you are going to have corrupt officials who get very
wealthy. The U.S. and Utah have more oversight and audits to prevent or slow
down such corruption but as we all know it still happens to a certain degree.
Since most of Utah's venues are already in place that is a big advantage to
host the games here in Utah once again. By the time the Olympic games return to
Utah a new airport, expanded RES stadium and new bigger convention hotel will
already be in place. What will probably have to be built is a new figure
skating venue because Energy Solutions Arena (Delta Center) did not work well in
2002. I surmise a figure skating venue could be built adjacent to the Salt
Palace with termporary seating that becomes exhibit space once the games are
If a country wants to spend a lot to build up the infrastructure in a particular
city, there's nothing wrong with doing that. It's not like
Sochi's facilities will all be packed up and carried off like carnival
rides with the end of the Olympics. Russia decided to spend a lot of money on
Sochi in order to transform it into a winter resort area. Only time will tell
whether it's a good gamble, but the mere fact that they've spent more
than SLC doesn't show that Russians are being foolish.
Yes, we should go for the 2026 Olympics.
I worry about the level of corruption required to win an Olympic bid...I'm
not sure Utah has what it takes.The 2002 Olympics cost $2.3 billion.
The 2006 Olympics cost $4.7 billion (104% increase). The 2010 Olympics cost
$6.4 billion (36% increase). The 2014 Olympics cost $51 billion (697%
increase).Notice the huge increase - even compared to past increases
- for Sochi. Here's the kicker: An independent auditor, as reported to
NBC, said that $40 billion of the budget was for bribes. $40 billion! That
left $10 billion to actually put on the games. In other words, the bribery that
went into the Sochi Olympics was more than the total operating budget of every
other winter Olympics combined!The bribery bar has been set pretty
high by the folks in Sochi. I know that SLOC is not above bribery, throwing
down a few hundred million here or there. But are we ready to go into the tens
of billions? Are we committed enough to be able to bribe with the big boys? I
have my doubts.
Casey See,No doubt Southern Utah is beautiful and has many wonderful
winter event venues. The problem with staging Olympic events in that region is
lodging for the Olympic athletes and creating an atmosphere around an Olympic
Village. Olympic athletes come from all over the world and they want to meet
and converse with one another. Even Salt Lake 2002 was not entirely ideal
because some athletes were housed in the Olympic Village at the U of U and
others were in Park City and Heber City. Spreading the athletes even further
apart to Southern Utah would not be attractive to the IOC in my opinion.
Jeremy Ranch? Not an Olympic venue, bud. Nordic events were held
at Soldier Hollow in Midway, and it (along with all of our other venues) is
still heavily used year round and continues to host World Cup and World
Championship events.No new construction is needed.
If SLC was to host the olympics again, don't forget Southern Utah this
time. I'm not talking about Dixie either. Instead of using Jeremy Ranch
for Cross Country Skiing, Cedar City (more specifically Brian Head and Cedar
Mountain) would have been a much better choice for Cross Country Skiing or even
Bryce Canyon if the NPS would allow it. Just imagine the photo opportunities of
Cedar Breaks and / or Bryce Canyon as the back drops to the Cross Country Ski
races. Plus Cedar Mountain gets as much snow or more so than some of Northern
Utah ski resorts. No making snow on a golf course needed.
Denver? Denver blew their shot and doesn't have half the facilities. The
skiing is too far away from the host city as well.
YES YES YES. This Sochi fiasco is/was a joke. Bring the games back
to the Greatest Snow on Earth!
As much as the IOC looks fondly on the SLC's stint as host in 2002,
they're much more inclined to look at other venues in the U.S. As of now,
there are at least 5 other American cities vying to host the 2026 games:
Reno-Lake Tahoe, Denver, Boston, Bozeman, Anchorage.
92% of Utahns believe holding the Olympics again. I agree. You other 8% need to
get a clue. It was a masterful performance by the city and the organizers. It
was put together nearly at the last minute after the Walsh situation. If SLC
does it again it would mean billions to our economy, minimal environmental
impact, and add any superlatives you like thereafter. Let's go for the gold
and show the world how it is done, and done right.
DutchmanMurray, UT"RES was built with revenue bonds
financed from ticket sales, concessions and parking from U of U football games
and a donation of $25 million from the Eccles foundation not Olympic money. SLOC
rented RES from the U for five months for the set up, rehearsals, opening and
closing ceremonies and then the take down. The rent they paid for that five
months for RES was at market rates. RES will be expanded once again with revenue
bonds long before and if ever another Olympics come to SLC."Interesting. You seem to have a lot of information on Olympics in
SLC...thanks for the insight. Actually, I just want RES expanded...let's
get it done.
Denver to Portland,Denver was selected to host the Olympics in the
'70's and then backed out forcing the IOC to return the games to
Innsbruck, Austria. I don't think the IOC is in any hurry to reward
Denver again after that snub.Myperspective,RES was built
with revenue bonds financed from ticket sales, concessions and parking from U of
U football games and a donation of $25 million from the Eccles foundation not
Olympic money. SLOC rented RES from the U for five months for the set up,
rehearsals, opening and closing ceremonies and then the take down. The rent
they paid for that five months for RES was at market rates. RES will be
expanded once again with revenue bonds long before and if ever another Olympics
come to SLC.
Furry,What the federal government paid for was the massive security
needed for the games which is a federal responsibility and not the State of
Utah. The games did pay for themselves and every cent the Utah taxpayer put
into the games was returned along with an endowment fund to maintain the
venues.Eastcoastcoug,In case you missed it, Federal
Judge Sam dismissed all charges against Tom Welch and Dave Johnson because they
broke no Federal or State laws. The money they used to wine and dine IOC
members was private money from Spence Eccles and he testified that he had no
problem with how his money was used. Incidently, the wining and dining broke no
IOC rules at the time.
Furry1993You need to look up the word frugal.SLC for
another Olympics makes a ton of sense. The next time around, the USOC can
finish the job they started on RES.
Keep it frugal so Media can rake in Billions?
So, Rock, I assume we are forgetting the millions in bribes and special favors
paid to GET the SLC Olympics in the first place???Your article
almost sounds like pretext or an excuse for a repeat of that behavior:
"Since we can't POSSIBLY compete against more interesting
places....". How about we compete on the merits of what a great
infrastructure is already in place, the presence of thousands of volunteers who
speak all kinds of languages, and awesome snow?
No I do not think SLC should run for the Olympics again . I think Denver is more
deserving and would be a better host city.
Totally works for me. Also, I feel that Utah would be a safer place than places
like Sochi. The price for having the Olympics are outrageous and the Sochi snow
has been a great disappointment.
The Salt Lake City Olympics weren't "frugal" -- that would mean
they paid for themselves. They didn't. Mitt just got the federal
government to fund a lot of the cost.