— Published 7 December 2021

Salt Lake City spoke with Thomas Bach

Salt Lake City has made another step forward in its bid for the Winter Games. Representatives of the capital of Utah, in the United States, met Thomas Bach on Monday 6 December. Due to the health crisis, the meeting was held remotely, by video conference. It was initially planned to take place face-to-face, as an American delegation had to make the trip to Lausanne. The exchange between the two parties lasted more than two hours, but Thomas Bach only attended the first thirty minutes. On the American side, the three interlocutors were Catherine Raney Norman, the president of the bid committee, Erin Mendenhall, the mayor of Salt Lake City, and Fraser Bullock, the bid’s general manager. According to Catherine Raney Norman, the exchange was “positive and productive”. They still are. “This is really a new step in the process of building a potential bid,” insisted Fraser Bullock. The telephone meeting will be followed in February by a Salt Lake City delegation’s visit to Beijing during the 2022 Winter Games. The next step should normally see the American project leaders travel to Lausanne in the spring of 2022 for a series of meetings at the IOC headquarters. One question remains unanswered: will the capital of Utah bid for the Winter Games in 2030, or will it wait until 2034, so as not to find itself in commercial competition with the Los Angeles 2028 Games? At this stage of the process, the Americans have not yet officially decided. The exchange with the IOC on Monday 6 December and the meetings planned in Beijing in February and Lausanne in the spring should provide the answer.