— Published 18 November 2020

Salt Lake City has written to Thomas Bach

The Americans advance without a break in the race for the Winter Games. After choosing Salt Lake City to carry the Olympic project, they still have to decide whether to embark on the adventure for the 2030 edition, or whether they wait until 2034. But they are moving forward. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the Salt Lake City Bid Committee sent a letter to Thomas Bach last month expressing their common desire to “continue the dialogue” ahead of the Winter Games in 2030 or 2034. “This step is very formal for us, in a still informal process, said Cindy Crane, chair of the Salt Lake City bid committee. We want to officially express to the IOC our enthusiasm and our intention to host future Olympic Winter Games. We’ll be ready when they are.” In the meantime, the Utah capital is working on its case. The project leaders held their second working meeting on Tuesday, November 17, after a first collective discussion last February. Sarah Hirshland, the Executive Director of USOPC, joined the meeting by phone. In its letter to the IOC, the American team insists on its strengths : support “at all levels”, a public opinion “80 %” in favour of the Olympic and Paralympic project, a map of sites made up of facilities already all built . The Salt Lake City bid announces its intention to send a small delegation to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, “in the near future when international travel resumes.” According to Cindy Crane, Thomas Bach would have already responded to the letter sent last month, with a letter “very favorable.”