The American city of Bozeman, Montana is preparing a bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games according to interim bid chair Jon Greenspon who says he and others conceived the bid earlier this year. He spoke to GamesBids.com by telephone.
“We had just gotten the idea in January and the USOC said don’t even bother for 2018”, Greenspon said about the result of his team’s’ earlier aspirations that were dashed by the USOC’s focus on Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The new goal was 2022.
Greenspon said his preliminary team consists of Judy Martz, Olympic speed skater in 1964 and former Governor of Montana, and speed skater Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
“And we’re talking with Montana Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger”, he said.
Greenspon was an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2008 and has already filed paperwork to seek the 2012 Republican nomination for President.
“As far as facilities and venues, we have Montana State University (Bozeman), as well as the Big Sky, Bridger Bowl and Moonlight Basin ski areas,” Greenspon said.
Bohart Ranch, a world-class nordic ski center near Bozeman would be another ideal Olympic venue.
Greenspon explained that since the primary ski venue Bridger Bowl is publicly owned by the county, it will be less expensive to use at Games time.
Denver, Colorado and Reno, Nevada have also expressed an interest in the 2022 Games and if the United States Olympic Committee decides to bid they will have to nominate only one contender in 2013.
“Denver had its problems” Greenspon said about the city’s successful bid for the 1976 Olympic Games that were later surrendered to Innsbruck, Austria when a referendum in the city denied the Games’ funding.
“Reno did 1960 in Squaw Valley – they would have to rebuild basically the whole infrastructure.
“Bozeman has the right climate. Bozeman has the desire. Bozeman has two world class ski resorts.”
The city has an estimated population of 35,000 and Greenspon suggests that the State of Montana would be able to fund the Olympic bid process from their budget.
“There is not going to be a loss,” he said explaining that it would help promotion and tourism.
Bozeman 2022 plans to have a proposal to the USOC in 18 months.