2026 Winter Olympics

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The 2026 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXV Olympic Winter Games, is a sports event to be organized in a city designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The host city will be selected at the 132nd IOC Session in 2019.

Potential bids[edit]


A public debate is promoted by a citizens' committee in the Italian region of Mont Blanc, in order to promote Aosta as the host the XXV Winter Olympics Games or a subsequent edition. The idea is to promote the games starting from the citizens in a bottom-up process, in order to involve all stakeholders. The Aosta Valley region's economy is mainly based on winter sports. Starting from 70s 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, 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. Considering the new rules of the IOC some structures of Turin that hosted the 2006 Winter Games are less than 100 km away and so they could be used as part of a new bid for the alpine city.
On February 17, 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 1964 Winter Olympics and 1976 Winter Olympics would use many of the sites where the Olympics in the past have been held. A joint Austria-Germany-Italy application is also imaginable, whereas others claim that an application including Vienna would be the best candidate. Then Alpine Skiing would organised in Schaldming, wheareas Nordic disciplines in Ramsau am Dachstein and Bischoschofen. All ice sports exluding Speed Skating would organised by Vienna. In Italy there is Antholz-Anterselva for Biathlon and Innichen for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding. In Germany Luge, Skeleton and Bobsleigh would take place in Schönau im Königsee and for Speed Skating have Inzell, Bavaria existing venue for competitions.
The mayor of Altenberg, Thomas Kirsten, announced in November 2013 after the Bavarians rejected a Munich bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Dresden is considered as host city due to its international reputation, airport and motorway infrastructure. Therefore it could serve as ideal location for an Olympic Village and the Main Press Center. Renowned venues such as Klingenthal, Oberwiesenthal, Altenberg, Zittau and Weißwasser could be used, as well as partnering venues in the Czech Republic for Alpine events,[2] probably near Liberec as there are no suitable mountains near Dresden. Other option for Alpine Skiing as well for Ski/Snowboard Cross is 1936 Olympic and 1978/2011 World Alpine Ski Championships venues in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, which was also part of 2018 and 2022 bids by Munich.
On 30 June 2014 Lviv decided to withdraw from 2022 Winter Olympics bid and will bid for 2026 Winter Olympics.[3]
Sweden withdrew from the 2022 bid, but the Swedish NOC president did in December 2014 claim that Sweden could apply again, considering that the IOC want to reduce cost for organisers, which was the problem with the 2022 bid.[4]
The Swiss Olympic Committee made a general decision about a bid during the Sportparlament on 11 March 2016. Interested cities and regions had until 31 May 2016 to forward their proposal to Swiss Olympic. Five candidates handed their files to Swiss Olympic within the deadline.[5] A candidate city will be selected later.[6] Graubünden failed public referendum to host the 1980 Winter Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics as well. From five original Luzern and Central Swiss bid has at least temporary withdrew because of hosting 2021 Winter Universiade. Then four main or central cities of these bids left probably are:
A joint Norway-Sweden bid was proposed by a Norwegian College of Elite Sport top official Thorleif Gunhildrud. It was suggested to combine Trondheim and Åre which are about 100 miles apart, but it was said there had been no talks with Swedish officials so far. The Olympic Charter allows for the possibility of a Winter Olympics shared by two countries.[7]

North America[edit]

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi confirmed on September 16, 2015, that a group of community leaders are working on a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Calgary was host of 1988 Winter Olympics. In June 2016, Calgary City Council approved spending up to $5 million on a 15-month bid exploration phase.[9] It has also been proposed that Calgary would repurpose the arenas/event stages used for the 1988 Winter Olympics.[10] A new arena has been proposed by Calgary Sports and Entertainment to replace the aging Scotiabank Saddledome arena.[11] The proposed arena and residential development, CalgaryNEXT, is to be located in West Village, Calgary, should it be approved.[12] The CalgaryNEXT arena would then become the main Olympics arena for Calgary's Olympic bid. John Furlong (sports administrator), CEO of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is running a group for the Canadian Olympic Committee to help Calgary.[13]
Lake Placid previously hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, the Reno-Tahoe area previously hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. Denver originally won the hosting rights for the 1976 Winter Olympics, but relinquished the games after voters rejected the budget in a 1972 referendum.[22][23] It is unclear whether Denver's decision to relinquish the games would impact its bid, even though it happened decades ago.
Anchorage lost bids to host the 1992 Winter Olympics and the 1994 Winter Olympics to Albertville and Lillehammer respectively. A 23-member exploratory committee, which includes four Alaskan Olympians, met for the first time to delve into the finances and mechanics of pursuing the 2026 Winter Olympics.[18][24][25]

South America[edit]

In October 2014 the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA) revealed the plan to use the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, to be held in Buenos Aires, as the launchpad for a bid in the near future. The Committee identified Argentina's south-western region of Patagonia, which comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains, as a possible location to host the Winter Games. In 2010 it was suggested that Ushuaia would be the main option for a bid.[27]
After an interview with then International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge during the 2012 Olympic Games in London discussions were started about how to organize Winter Olympics in the southern hemisphere for the first time. During the interview conditions in the Andes were highlighted as very suitable to stage snow sports events but a lack of existing venues for the ice sport events was identified as well.[28]


Representatives from Sapporo in Japan, host of the 1972 Winter Games, told that the city is considering a bid for the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics.

Cancelled potential bids[edit]

Barcelona (where the 1992 Summer Olympics had been held) 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".[30] 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 May 24 decided that this is not a priority project for the city.[31] On 24 July, the city council acorded to create a specific commission about the social and economic impact of the bid.[32]
A "pre-feasibility" report was published in May 2015 stating that a joint Winter Olympics Games with Australia would be feasible for 2026.[33] 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 Olympic Winter Games. Therefore the Olympic Winter Games NZ 2026 project was shelved.
Boston was actively considering a bid for the 2026 Winter Games. This campaign was dropped when Boston was named the candidate city from the United States by the U.S.O.C. for the 2024 Summer Games.[34] Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics has since been suspended, but the USOC is now bidding to host the Games in Los Angeles.[35]
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.[36] Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge stated that he believes that the 2026 Winter Olympics would be a realistic option for the city to organize the games.[37] Quebec has a problem finding a mountain for the downhill event, as the planned location of Le Massif was not approved.[38] In September 2015, during an interview on Radio-Canada, Labeaume ruled out any possibility of Quebec making a bid for 2026.[39] Labeaume also attempted, but failed, to create a joint bid between Calgary (above) and Quebec City. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi declined.



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Winter Olympics
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XXV Olympic Winter Games (2026)
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