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Old 08-30-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Denver mayor, Colorado governor ponder run at '22 Olympics - The Denver Post

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. John Hickenlooper are starting to mull a possible bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I think Denver and Colorado needs to do this! It would put Denver on the World stage and cause me to actually look forward to one winter lol!

The negatives I hear are that it would cost the taxpayers. Do they factor in how much money the city and state would earn due to all the increased economic activity? Maybe we could build some iconic structure downtown for it.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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Denver turned down the Olympics in 1976 after putting in a bid and ultimately winning the bid to host. The people of Colorado rejected a vote to raise the taxes that would be needed to bring them to the state.

Since then I've heard that Denver will never get awarded another bid as long the same people comprise the IOC that was there in '76.

I hope what I hear is wrong but simply looking at how much of a cluster fuzzy I-70 is in the winter I feel that the IOC would look at our standing and be impressed with everything except how to move all the athletes up the mountain.

It all comes down to how bitter the IOC is going to be that we asked for the games then turned them down when finally awarded them in the past.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Denver turned down the Olympics in 1976 after putting in a bid and ultimately winning the bid to host. The people of Colorado rejected a vote to raise the taxes that would be needed to bring them to the state.

Since then I've heard that Denver will never get awarded another bid as long the same people comprise the IOC that was there in '76.

I hope what I hear is wrong but simply looking at how much of a cluster fuzzy I-70 is in the winter I feel that the IOC would look at our standing and be impressed with everything except how to move all the athletes up the mountain.

It all comes down to how bitter the IOC is going to be that we asked for the games then turned them down when finally awarded them in the past.
That was 35 years ago. Shouldn't they be dead by now?
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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That was 35 years ago. Shouldn't they be dead by now?

We can only hope.

I see nothing that could be bad about bringing either of the olympics to town. Just off the top of my head I feel like we could do a better job with hosting the summer games but with some logistical concerns being overcome it would be just as easy hosting the winter games as well (and possibly more profitable for the state).
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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Denver turned down the Olympics in 1976 after putting in a bid and ultimately winning the bid to host. The people of Colorado rejected a vote to raise the taxes that would be needed to bring them to the state.

Since then I've heard that Denver will never get awarded another bid as long the same people comprise the IOC that was there in '76.

I hope what I hear is wrong but simply looking at how much of a cluster fuzzy I-70 is in the winter I feel that the IOC would look at our standing and be impressed with everything except how to move all the athletes up the mountain.

It all comes down to how bitter the IOC is going to be that we asked for the games then turned them down when finally awarded them in the past.
Yep thats the word, from quite a few sources. Denver is on a permanent blacklist of cities that will never, ever get to hold the Winter Olympics.

Coloradans can thank former Governor Gloom for that one. You just don't snub the International Olympic Committee, without very serious repercussions.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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I doubt they really care now. Olympics now are a different "ballgame" with the corporate sponsorship and level of attendance. Used to be given to small town ski resorts, now its mostly going to be fairly large cities with big infrastructure. So a perfect match for Denver. If the city doesn't get the vote it won't be about 1976, it will be about current animosity to the US as was seen in the Chicago 2016 bid and the US 2022 World Cup bid.
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