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Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, with the support of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, has assembled a group of civic and community leaders from around the State of Colorado to determine whether Denver should submit a bid for a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) issues a call for U.S. candidates.
Denver’s exploratory committee will, first and foremost, determine if hosting a future Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games would be good for Denver and Colorado. That includes identifying ways for the Games to be financed privately, while still meeting all of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The exploratory committee will also determine what legacy an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games would leave for Denver and Colorado, as well as establish the appropriate forums for community input.
The exploratory committee is tasked with working with our local, regional and statewide communities and stakeholders to determine if an Olympic Winter Games bid is feasible. The mayor asked the exploratory committee to consider four critical elements:
The Sharing the Gold engagement plan is meant to spur statewide discussion about whether hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games would be good for Denver and the entire state.
Colorado Olympic and Paralympic pride runs deep with the success of the U.S. in the 2018 Olympics being largely decided by athletes who were either born and raised right here in Colorado or spent much of their lives in the state.