Another Salt Lake City Games?

Ten years after Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is in discussions regarding a bid for another Salt Lake Winter Games in 2022.

Herbert told the Deseret News, “there’s still a lot of questions. It’s not ‘can we do it?’ It’s ‘should we do it?’ Is there an opportunity for Utah?

“I’ve been intrigued because of the potential for 2022. There’s a lot of issues that have to be answered before I pull the trigger,” he said.

According to the Deseret News, the issues include how much it would cost to ready the state-built bobsled, luge and skeleton track, speed-skating oval and other Olympic facilities now operated by a private foundation with money from the 2002 Games.

Herbert added, “I can tell you we won’t be doing it with taxpayers’ dollars. We’ll have to see if the private sector is willing to step up”, and that he’s concerned about covering other big-ticket expenses such as transportation and security”.

He called it “a constant headache. Are we willing to have a constant headache for what, another 10 years?”

The governor reportedly said he wants to make a decision this year.

The Olympic cauldron will be lit Wednesday evening to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.

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