Salt Lake City a 'no-brainer' choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says

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  • rmk South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:36 a.m.

    But Rafferty also pointed out that Salt Lake City would face some significant challenges if the Olympics return, particularly when it comes to air quality along the Wasatch Front.

    "The one thing I am fearful of and I know is coming is a serious look at our air problem. That will be the headline if we don't fix that," he said. "That's a problem for everybody."

    You mean like thousands of people flying in from all over the world and having hundreds of Olympic vehicles shuttling people all over the valley causing massive pollution will help the air. If they care about pollution they should cancel the Olympic's and help save the planet. Our pollution is far better than it was in 2002.

  • Wyo_Jake Casper, WY
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:32 p.m.

    Olympics money should instead be used to help the underprivileged and poor and build more nursing homes!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 4:45 p.m.

    Utah doesn't deserve the games. The Olympics should go to a state that protects public lands. Colorado would never shrink monuments, leaders in Colorado would gladly accept monuments and realize where the long term economic stability would come from, for rural communities close to those beautiful lands.

    I hope the IOC chooses Colorado.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:39 p.m.

    I guess there is two ways to read the "No-Brainer" comment. Salt Lake may be the perfect place for the Olympics but the Olympics are not the perfect thing for Salt Lake. It would cause more development and influx of people into an area that is struggling to deal with our own growth. We don't have the water for more people and with the inversions each winter, more people thicken the haze.

    To quote Nancy Reagan: "Just say no."

  • docj Draper, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:11 p.m.

    This is insane. Do we need more people finding out about our winter resources? There are too many people skiing UT already. We need to show photos of that area south of the St. George airport as representative of our winter sports. Leave us alone!

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:09 p.m.

    To eliminate air pollution all that is needed is to out law mother nations high pressure systems.

  • Max Upstate, NY
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:43 p.m.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, holding the Winter Olympics in Denver is like basing a surfing competition in Victorville. It just doesn't make sense when SLC is available.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:27 p.m.

    "We've got to take care of some of these issues, and No. 1 is air."

    Thats just silly.
    Its like trying to control weather.
    You can't do it.
    Other places don't have the inversion problem like we do. Other places have our level of pollution and much worse, you just can't see it because they don't have the inversion.
    Only answer is 100% electric cars, trucks and semi's--and no emissions of any kind from factories, homes, businesses.
    Not going to happen.

    As for Denver supposedly being better than SLC, you could crawl from downtown and get to our ski slopes faster than they can drive to thiers.

  • hikeswithdogs Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:09 p.m.

    Salt Lake City should just be one of two or three permanent locations in North America to host the Winter Olympics......there's literally no where else in the WORLD better suited to host it regularly.