Tahoe Organizes Olympic Bid

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 8, 2012 4:39 pm

As excitement surrounding the London Olympic Games continues to build, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki are thinking about the future.  The two political leaders recently announced the formation of the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee (LTWGEC) and their intention to develop an Olympic Bid for the 2022 Winter Games.  It has been 52 years since the Tahoe region has hosted the event. 

The new committee, LTWGEC, was set up by the leadership of two different organizations that have been exploring a potential Bid.  Now the two organizations –the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition and the California Winter Games Committee—along with the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, will be partnering up and combining their resources

“The timing is right for Californians and Nevadans to come together and seriously explore bringing the Winter Olympic Games to the Tahoe region,” said Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki. “Our new committee is the evolution of years of work by many people, and if the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) decides to bid on the 2022 Winter Games, we will be ready to showcase the Tahoe region’s scenic majesty and winter games capabilities.”

“As someone who has worked on Bids for major sporting events like the Olympic Games and the America’s Cup, I know how important it will be for us to have a galvanized regional effort,” said California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. “We will only succeed if leaders on both sides of the state line stand as one.”

The Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee will work to gather a group of business, civic and political leaders that will research the perks and impacts of hosting the Olympic Games in the Tahoe Region.  Leadership positions will be carefully filled within the next few weeks.  The choices will reflect the committee’s growing environmental conscientiousness. 

“Lake Tahoe’s physical beauty is our greatest asset and our greatest responsibility,” said Lieutenant Governor Newsom. “We can’t do this without the environment being front of mind for us.”

“Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley CEO and President, was chosen to serve as interim chair of the committee at this incipient stage of the groups formation.  In the coming weeks we’ll be announcing the leadership of the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee. We are creating an organization that represents the great diversity of our two states,” said Lieutenant Governor Krolicki.

The organization has a long road ahead, but when 2022 rolls around, Americans could be gearing up for one of the world’s greatest competitions!