Bids for the 1976 Winter Olympics

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Bids for the
1976 (1976) Winter Olympics
XII Olympic Winter Games
Denver 1976 Olympic bid logo.png
Sion, Switzerland · Tampere · Vancouver
Committee IOC
Election venue Amsterdam
70th IOC Session
Missing location of the bidding cities.
Location of the bidding cities
Important dates
Decision 12 May 1970
Winner Denver (29 votes)
Runner-up Sion, Switzerland (18 votes)

The selection process for the 1976 Winter Olympics consisted of four bids, and saw Denver, United States, selected ahead of Sion, Switzerland; Tampere, Finland; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The selection was made at the 70th IOC Session in Amsterdam on 12 May 1970.[1] In a 1972 referendum, voters in Colorado rejected funding for the games, and for the only time a city awarded the Games rejected them.[2] IOC then offered them to Whistler, but a change of government meant they were also no longer interested. Salt Lake City offered to host the games, but the IOC, still stinging from Denver's refusal, was reluctant to award it to another American city. The IOC finally chose Innsbruck, Austria, which ultimately hosted the games.


IOC voting[1]
City Country Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Denver  United States 29 29 39
Sion   Switzerland 18 31 30
Tampere  Finland 12 8
VancouverGaribaldi  Canada 9


  1. ^ a b "Past Olympic host city election results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Sanko, John (12 October 1999). "Colorado only state ever to turn down Olympics". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2011.