2026 Winter Olympics
The 2026 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXV Olympic Winter Games, is an international multi-sport event to be organised in a city designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The host city was supposed to be selected at the 134th IOC Session on 11 September 2019 in Milan, Italy. However, the joint Italian bid with Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo bid made it past the candidature stage. Due to the IOC rules, the host city will be selected in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The IOC announced that the 2026 Winter Olympic bid election will be moved three months earlier, from 11 September 2019 to around 23 June 2019.
- 1 Bidding calendar
- 2 Criteria
- 3 Candidate Cities
- 4 Previously interested in bidding
- 5 Broadcasting
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The IOC Executive Board met in Lausanne to discuss the 2026 bidding process on 9 June 2017; and a new approach was approved at the Extraordinary IOC Session on 11–12 July 2017. The IOC will take a more proactive role in assisting and supporting cities considering a candidature for the 2026 Olympics, and will customise its approach to the needs of the cities in order for them to develop the best value proposition. These measures will lead to a simplified process for the cities, with reduced costs. The Invitation Phase has been extended to one year, starting 13 September 2017, and the Candidature Phase has been shortened to one year, starting from 2018 to 2019. These measures were enacted due to a lack of interest in bidding for the 2026 Games well into 2017.
- Launch of dialogue stage (29 September 2017)
- Joint briefing through video conference (13 October 2017)
- Signing of candidature cooperation agreement (Before scheduling first IOC expert support visits or interactive working session)
- Customised on-site expert support visits (November 2017 – April 2018)
- On-site interactive working session 1: Presentation and discussion of initial Games concept (25 November – 15 December 2017)
- Olympic winter Games PyeongChang. 2018 Observer programme (9–23 February 2018)
- Deadline for cities to enter the candidature process by joining dialogue stage (31 March 2018)
- On-site interactive working session 2: Presentation of consolidated Games concept after consultation with IOC technical experts (May 2018)
- Official debriefing Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in Beijing (June 2018)
- Provision of Host city contract (July 2018)
- IOC Working Group Report submitted to IOC Executive Board (September 2018)
- IOC Executive Board to recommend to the IOC Session cities to invite to the candidature stage (October 2018)
- IOC Session to invite a number of interested cities to take part in the candidature stage (October 2018)
- Deadline for the submission of the Candidature File including core guarantees by the Candidate Cities (11 January 2019)
- IOC expert pre-visits (February 2019)
- IOC Evaluation Commission analysis including a visit to each candidate city and requests for submission of any additional information or guarantees (March / April 2019)
- Deadline for the submission of the complete Guarantee File (12 April 2019)
- Final Q&A session with the Evaluation Commission via individual video conference (May 2019)
- Publication of the Evaluation Commission Report on www.olympic.org (May 2019)
- Candidate Cities’ right of response following publication of the Evaluation Commission Report (June 2019)
- Candidate City Briefing 2026 for IOC Members and International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (June 2019)
- Candidate Cities present to IOC Session in Lausanne, followed by election of the Host City 2026 (23 June 2019)
- Individual debriefing with each NOC/Candidate City (6–9 months after the election)
2026 Olympic Bid Evaluation Commission:
- Octavian Morariu: Chairman
- Kristin Kloster Aasen: IOC member
- Zhang Hong: IOC member
- Roman Kumpost: Stakeholder Representative
- Heike Groesswang: Stakeholder Representative
- Marianna Davis: Stakeholder Representative
- Lee Hee-beom: Stakeholder Representative
- José Luis Marco: Stakeholder Representative
A firm criterion for the Winter Olympics is the availability of alpine ski slopes of certain sizes, which narrows down potential locations significantly, and often necessitates locations in less populated areas. The men's downhill requires at least 800 meters altitude difference along a course of around three kilometers in length.
A certain spectator capacity is required, which is most often 10,000 but varies according to the particular sport. Furthermore, certain VIP areas are required at every venue.
National Hockey League (NHL) players are only likely to take part in the men's ice hockey tournament if the Olympics is held in a "traditional" ice hockey country, in which case the only options would be Calgary or Stockholm. However, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has stated that NHL players are unlikely to be included if the Winter Games are held anywhere outside the continent of North America.
Cities taking part in dialogue stage
The following cities have been participating in the dialogue stage since its launch in September 2017. Calgary, Sapporo, Stockholm and Sion took part in the PyeongChang 2018 Observer Programme. However, Switzerland subsequently withdrew from the bidding process in June 2018, Austria withdrew in July 2018, Japan withdrew in September 2018, and Turkey withdrew in October 2018.
- Calgary, Canada
- Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
- Stockholm, Sweden
Erzurum,Turkey(withdrew on 4 October 2018)
Sapporo, Japan(withdrew on 13 September 2018)
Graz, Austria(withdrew on 6 July 2018)
Sion, Switzerland(withdrew on 10 June 2018)
A subset of the cities remaining in the dialogue stage in October 2018 will then be invited by the IOC to join the candidature stage
Cities taking part in candidature stage
The following three cities are actively candidates for the 2026 Winter Olympics and are involved in the dialogue and candidature stage. Their governmental requirements must be fulfilled by 11 January 2019.
- Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi confirmed on 16 September 2015, that a group of community leaders were working on a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. In June 2016, Calgary City Council approved spending up to Can$5 million on a 15-month bid exploration phase. It was proposed that Calgary would either build new centres and arenas – for example the controversial CalgaryNEXT arena, which is a field house, multi-purpose arena, ice hockey arena and football stadium combined, planned for the Downtown/Sunalta neighbourhood – or repurpose the arenas/event stages previously used for the 1988 Winter Olympics. John Furlong, CEO of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is running a group for the Canadian Olympic Committee to help Calgary.
- On 20 November 2017, Calgary City Council officially voted to approve the additional funding of Can$2 million to support the bid, provided that the federal and provincial governments also supported the bid before January 2018. In order to help reduce costs, it was proposed that some alpine/ski-jump events be held in Whistler, B.C, and other events be held in venues located in Edmonton to reduce the number of new buildings and infrastructure that would need to be built in Calgary. On 16 April 2018, the city council voted 9–6 to continue working on the potential bid, despite fears that their support would be withdrawn. The Alberta and Canadian government also said they would financially support the bid, pledging an estimated Can$30 million. On 23 April 2018, city council overwhelming voted yes to a plebiscite (or a public vote) on whether or not the citizens supported Calgary's decision to host the Winter Games. It is expecting to cost around Can$2 million. On 8 June, 2018, Calgary announced Scott Hutcheson, a former Alpine Skiier, to be a chairperson for the Olympic Bid Corporation. On 24 June 2018, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced its approval for the 2026 bid. On 1 August 2018, a date of 13 November 2018 was announced for the plebiscite. City council will vote on the bid again in September, which could cancel the plebiscite and the bid altogether depending on the outcome. On 11 September 2018, Calgary 2026 team unveiled its draft host plan publicly at City Hall to projected cost of $5.2 Billion CAD which $3 billion CAD will be split between Government of Canada, Province of Alberta and City of Calgary. It will include events in Calgary, Canmore, Whistler and possibly Edmonton. That same night, city council voted 12 to 3 to continue the process and let the voters decide on 13 November 2018.
- In June 2017, the president of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagò, proposed a bid for Milan to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Malagò considered Milan together with Valtellina as suitable candidates. The plan was for Milan to host the ice sports, while the snow sports would take place in Bormio, Santa Caterina di Valfurva and Livigno, which are already well-known destinations for Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, etc.
- On 10 March 2018, the mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, confirmed on her Facebook page that a bid to host the Games on the 20th anniversary of the 2006 Winter Olympics was being explored. She suggested that the bid would introduce a new, revolutionary model for hosting the Games, with sustainability at the forefront. On March 17, Appendino sent a letter to CONI officially expressing her support, after having resolved an initial split in support amongst fellow council members. The following week, municipal council gave the green light to start the procedure for the establishment of a "Torino 2026" association. The not-for-profit entity will have the task of overseeing the analysis and research necessary to evaluate the feasibility of an eventual candidature of Turin to host the Winter Olympics.
- On 29 March 2018, two days before the deadline for cities to join the dialogue stage, it was confirmed that CONI would bid to host the 2026 Games in Milan and Turin and a letter of intent had been sent to the IOC. The bid is complicated by the fact that the 134th IOC Session is scheduled to be held in Milan in 2019. If an Italian city proceeds to the candidature stage, the venue for the IOC session will need to be changed to a different country.
- A decision on which city leads the potential Italian bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made on either 1 August or 17 September 2018. Currently there is no agreement between Turin and Milan. On 4 July 2018 the mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, announced in a conference the project and the candidacy for "Turin 2026", defining the opportunity of a double candidature with Milan "a chit-chat of the press I haven't seen yet". On 1 August 2018, CONI confirmed that all bidding cities will bid jointly using existing facilities and presented a proposal for a combined Cortina-Milan-Turin bid to CONI.
- On 18 September 2018, the CONI announced it will present a bid with Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, excluding Turin after the city withdrew from the bid. On 19 September 2018, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said the Italian government would support a 2026 Winter Olympics bid. Furthermore, the CONI considered it would accept an eventual return of Turin in the Italian bid.
- On 1 October 2018, the CONI confirmed the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid. Italian Government backs the Milano-Cortina bid for the 2026 Olympics, but won't make any financial investment. However, the regions of Lombardia and Veneto, will finance the Games with private and public investments. There's also a question are the venues located in province of South Tirol politically available. If they aren't, for example Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined could host in Oberstdorf or Planica or built new jumps in Livigno where also Biathlon could be optionally organised instead of Anterselva if the bid will be successfull.
- Sweden withdrew from the 2022 bid, but the Swedish NOC president claimed in December 2014 that Sweden could apply again, given that the IOC wants to reduce the cost of the Games for organisers, which was the problem with the 2022 bid. The Swedish Olympic Committee agreed to conduct a feasibility study on a potential bid for the 2026 Olympics. During the Semi Finals Allocation Drawn for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 31 January, it was announced by Eva-Louise Erlandsson Slorach, President of the City Council in Stockholm, that the host city of the 1912 Summer Olympics would seek to host the 2026 Winter Games. Despite this, the Swedish Olympic Committee has continued working on the application. While there has been no official commitment from the political parties the SOC keeps hoping to convince the city of Stockholm and other involved municipalities. Thus the "revival" of the bid to host the Winter Games. The alpine events are planned to be held in Åre, 520 km (323 mi) away, at least three hours travel time by air and car. On 21 February, Richard Brisius announced that they have entered talks with the Latvian Olympic Committee for potential hosting of the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge events at the Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track, 465 km (289 mi) from Stockholm.
Withdrawn from dialogue stage
The following cities were seen as potential bids and took part in the dialogue stage, but have withdrawn for various reasons.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the country was considering a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in the eastern provinces of Erzurum, Erzincan and Kars. Although Istanbul had made several attempts to host the Summer Olympics and lost to Sydney for 2000, Beijing for 2008 and Tokyo for 2020, it would be Turkey’s first bid for the Winter Games. Erzurum previously hosted the 2011 Winter Universiade and the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival.
- On 30 March, just hours ahead of the deadline, it was officially announced that Erzurum was confirmed as a candidate to host the 2026 Games, having received backing from Turkey's president. On 4 October 2018 Erzurum withdrew its bid to host the games due to lack of transport, telecommunications and airports.
- Representatives from Sapporo in Japan, host of the 1972 Winter Games, stated that the city is considering a bid for the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics. The city predicts it may cost as much as 456.5 billion yen (US$4.3 billion) to host the Games and they plan to have 90 percent of the facilities within half an hour of the Olympic village, according to a report published on 12 May 2016. The Alpine skiing course would be in Niseko, the world’s second-snowiest resort, while the Olympic village would be next to the Sapporo Dome. The plans were presented to the Japanese Olympic Committee on 8 November 2016. On 15 November 2017, Sapporo gained approval from the JOC. It is reported that Sapporo could either use for the sliding events the Nagano Bobsleigh-Luge Park as part of an IOC initiative to use pre-existing venues to keep costs down, or build a dedicated venue in Sapporo. Sapporo Teine, which hosted the bobsleigh events at the 1972 Winter Olympics, was demolished in 1991, while the separate sliding venue, used for luge, was closed shortly after the conclusion of the Games. On 13 September, Sapporo withdrew from the 2026 race, in favour of bidding for 2030. 
- After the failed public vote in Innsbruck and Tyrol for hosting the 2026 Olympic Games, the Styrian cities of Graz and Schladming, which previously hosted the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, are planning on bidding to host the Games as an initiative called "Austria 2026". Predominantly, existing venues would be used. While Graz would host indoor ice events (figure skating, short track, curling), Schladming would be the venue for alpine skiing. Other venues might include Kreischberg (freestyle skiing and snowboard), Bischofshofen and Ramsau am Dachstein (ski jumping, cross country skiing, nordic combined), and Hochfilzen (biathlon). Austrian cities like Vienna, Linz, Klagenfurt or Kapfenberg could host the ice hockey tournament. The possibility of some events taking place in Germany (speed skating in Inzell and luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton in Schönau am Königssee) is also under consideration.
- The potential bid is very controversial in Austria, as the mayors of Graz and Schladming started to plan the bid without informing the national government or the state government. Anton Lang, state treasurer of Styria, has already announced that the state has no financial leeway for hosting the Olympics. Heinz Christian Strache, Austria's federal minister for sports, also has doubts: After the public vote against a bid in Innsbruck, he says, before Graz and Schladming bid for the Olympic Games, they need to find out if the population even wants the event to take place in Austria.  On 19 March 2018, the Communist Party of Austria called for a referendum over Graz's 2026 bid. On 6 July 2018, the Austrian Olympic Committee announced that Graz had withdrawn their bid due to lack of support from the Provincial Government.
- The Swiss Olympic Association made a general decision about launching a bid during the Sportparlament on 11 March 2016. Five candidates handed their letters of intent to the Association before the deadline of 31 May 2016. The candidates were given until 15 December 2016 to forward their bid files to the Swiss Olympic Association. The chosen candidate city then had to be confirmed by the Association by 7 March 2017. Of the original five candidates: Central Switzerland withdrew, at least temporarily, because Lucerne was awarded the 2021 Winter Universiade; two of the other proposals that included venues throughout Switzerland joined forces with the Western Switzerland bid; and finally the bid Graubünden and Partners was rejected during a public referendum on 12 February 2017. Sion was eventually chosen against Montreux to be host city of the Western Switzerland bid after Lausanne and Crans-Montana withdrew. The bid includes venues within a square area defined at its corners by the cities of Lausanne, Martigny, Visp and Bern. Sion previously bid to host the Winter Olympics in 1976, 2002 and 2006, but lost out to Denver (Innsbruck), Salt Lake City and Turin respectively.
- The Canton of Valais held a referendum on 10 June 2018 to decide the fate of the 2026 Winter Games bid, and in February 2018, four months before the vote, the polls indicated that 64 percent of voters were against the bid. On 10 June 2018, voters rejected a proposal to fund the 2026 Winter Games with 53.96% of voters refused to pledge financial support for the games. Sion Mayor Philippe Varone stated that since there was no back up plans, Switzerland officially withdrew from potentially bidding.
Previously interested in bidding
The following cities initially explored the possibility of bidding but decided not to proceed to the dialogue stage.
- On 6 April 2017, it was announced that Lillehammer was considering a bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030. Lillehammer was host of the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics. A feasibility report was published in March. It could share an Olympic bid with Norwegian cities like Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim, according to Norwegian media. However, no further information was released about the bid as the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports selected the southern Norwegian county of Telemark. On 8 March 2018, Lillehammer renewed its bid to host the Games.
- It was confirmed on 30 March 2018 that Lillehammer had ruled out a bid for the 2026 Games, but were likely to target the 2030 Games instead.
- On 31 October 2017, it was announced at a press conference at the top of Mount Gausta that the southern Norwegian county of Telemark, known as the cradle of modern skiing, wanted to host the 2026 Olympics, with a base in the twin UNESCO World Heritage towns Rjukan and Notodden in the North of Telemark, and further fairly spread venues. They also wished for Telemark skiing to be added to the Games. The Norwegian national sports federation turned this location down on 25 January 2018, without suggesting any other Norwegian site.
- Almaty was reportedly considering a bid to host the 2026 Winter Games after narrowly losing to Beijing in its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, Bauyrzhan Baibek, Mayor of Almaty, denied the rumors of Almaty bidding to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
- On 17 February 2016, the "Tiroler Tageszeitung" wrote in an article that IOC president Thomas Bach asked the alpine city for an application for the 2026 Winter Olympics. He said that an event such as this would not only be celebrated, but lived. If applying, the host of the 1964 Winter Olympics, the 1976 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics would reuse many of the sites that were used in past games. In October 2016, the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) agreed to carry out a feasibility study into whether they should launch a bid. On 6 December 2016, the ÖOC commissioned a working group including renowned companies to conduct a feasibility study with results published on 22 June 2017. The study proposes to use facilities at venues across all of Tyrol: Innsbruck, Igls, Kühtai, St. Anton am Arlberg, Hochfilzen, and Seefeld. The two ice hockey venues were to be determined, as was the possibility of using the existing speed skating rink in Inzell in Germany. 2026 marks the 50th anniversary of Innsbruck's 1976 Winter Olympics. Innsbruck could be the first city to host the Winter Olympics three times. A referendum vote in Innsbruck was set for 15 October 2017 to decide whether to proceed with the bid. In the referendum, the bid was defeated as 53 percent voted against it. This was the third successive defeat of an Olympic bid by a vote after Krakow and Munich 2022 and Hamburg 2024, while Budapest and Rome 2024 withdrew to avoid a referendum.
- A public debate is promoted by a citizens' committee in the Italian region of Mont Blanc, in order to promote Aosta as the host of the Winter Olympics in 2026 or later. The idea was to build support among the citizens and promote the Games from the bottom up, to build a consensus supporting the effort. The Aosta Valley region's economy is mainly based on winter sports. Starting from 1970s the main winter resorts hosted world events: Courmayeur hosted a round of the 1977 Alpine Skiing World Cup, Cervinia a round of the 1978 Alpine Skiing World Cup, La Thuile a round of the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup and bobsleigh's FIBT World Championships 1971, Cogne a round of the 1984–85 FIS Cross-Country World Cup and a round of 2006–07 FIS Cross-Country World Cup and Fénis hosted in the 1986 FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships. In 1991, the city made a bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics but lost to Nagano, so a 2026 bid would be the city's second attempt. In 1993 Aosta hosted the first edition of the winter European Youth Olympic Festival and in 2010 it hosted the first edition of the Winet Military World Games. The Aosta bid was cancelled when it was announced that the city of Milan will be the host city of the 134th IOC Session to decide the host city, and IOC regulations state that no bid from a country is allowed when the IOC session is in the same country.
- The canton of Graubünden released a concept named Graubünden and Partners including potential venues without referring to a dedicated host city. The map of the project presented on 16 December 2016 announced St. Moritz to be host city. Zurich refused even before to be host city of the bid. Voters in the area rejected the bid by more than 60 percent during a public referendum on 12 February 2017. Graubünden failed public referendums to host the 1980 Winter Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics as well.
- Barcelona (the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics) had waged a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, but, according to mayor Xavier Trias, was not considered ready yet. Instead, one "must concentrate its efforts and commitment to work to reach the Olympic target by 2026". On 17 June 2015, Barcelona announced it will not be bidding to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. Mayor Ada Colau who won the municipal elections on 24 May decided that this is not a priority project for the city. On 24 July, the city council accorded to create a specific commission about the social and economic impact of the bid. On 16 March 2017, Barcelona’s City Hall government has taken itself out of the running to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. According to Barcelona’s deputy mayor, Jordi Collboni, the decision responded "to the current social and economic circumstances not only in Barcelona but in the whole country". Of note, it would have been the second city to host both the Summer and the Winter Olympics after Beijing.
- Government officials in Barcelona, Spain are open to the possibility of hosting the 2026 Olympic Winter Games Mundo Deportivo reported after meetings were held between sports administrators and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
- The mayor of Altenberg, Thomas Kirsten, brought Dresden up for discussion in November 2013, after the Bavarians rejected a Munich bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. But the German Olympic Sports Confederation decided not to consider a bid since the lack of alpine skiing resorts would have made it necessary to use Czech venues.
- A "pre-feasibility" report was published in May 2015 stating that a joint Winter Olympics with Australia would be feasible for 2026. Bruce McGechan, in a news release on 26 June 2015, said that the New Zealand Olympic Committee had considered the report but had decided not to ask the New Zealand Government to do a full feasibility study of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. Therefore the Olympic Winter Games NZ 2026 project was shelved.
- Quebec City initially expressed interest in bidding. In September 2011, Quebec City mayor Régis Labeaume ruled out bidding for 2022. However, the city may bid for another Winter Games in the future. Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge stated that he believes that the 2026 Winter Olympics would be a realistic option for the city to organise the Games. Quebec has a problem finding a mountain for the downhill event, as the planned location of Le Massif was not approved. In September 2015, during an interview on Radio-Canada, Labeaume ruled out any possibility of Quebec making a bid for 2026. Labeaume also attempted, but failed, to create a joint bid with Calgary, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; or Lake Placid, United States. Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi had confirmed his city, the 1988 host, were pondering a bid, but the talks on a joint effort appear to have collapsed.
- Boston was actively considering a bid for the 2026 Winter Games. This campaign was dropped when Boston was named by the USOC as the United States' candidate city for the 2024 Summer Olympics. However, due to significant public opposition, Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Games was later dropped and Los Angeles was chosen as the USOC bid city. (Los Angeles was later awarded the 2028 Games as part of a deal to grant Paris the 2024 event.)
- The Big Sky Committee for the Winter Games was seeking to bring the Olympics to the Bozeman and Big Sky areas of southwest Montana, immediately north of Yellowstone National Park. The committee, however, has not sought the bid since 2014.
- Lake Placid, the host of the 1932 Winter Olympics and the 1980 Winter Olympics considered a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics with Albany, but had to drop out when the USOC decided not to launch a bid for the 2026 Games. This opens up the possibility of another bid for Lake Placid in the future, after their failed bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the rumored bid for the 2026 Olympics that was never put into action.
- Salt Lake City, the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, has been considering launching a bid to host the Winter Games for a second time. It was not clear whether Salt Lake City was planning to submit a bid for the 2026 or 2030 Olympics, but it would be dependent on which other cities submitted bids. One obstacle for a bid from Salt Lake City is the fact that Los Angeles will be hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics. The US last hosted back-to-back editions of the Olympics in 1980 (Lake Placid Winter Games) and 1984 (Los Angeles Summer Games). LA 2028 President, Casey Wasserman, stated that an attempt for the United States to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics would "require a lot of conversation" with the Californian city before a bid was formally launched. The USOC was expected to discuss possible bids for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at its board meeting in late October. On 16 October 2017, leaders of Salt Lake City and Utah announced the formation of an official Olympic Exploratory Committee. According to sources, Salt Lake City appeared to be more focused on the 2030 Games and the USOC is monitoring the process to see if the IOC will award both the 2026 and 2030 Winter Games at the 134th IOC Session in Milan, Italy in September 2019, repeating the dual allocation of the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games to Paris and Los Angeles.
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