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Reno-Tahoe officials looking to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 11:02 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. -- Potential host cities are
dropping out of the Olympic bidding process, including the Polish city
of Krakow and Stockholm, Sweden, for hosting the 2022 Olympics. Earlier
this week, New York City and Philadelphia dropped out of possibly
hosting the 2024 games.

Still, local Reno-Tahoe officials say they still plan on bringing the games back to our region.

Experts
say there are several reasons cities may drop of out the Olympic
bidding process, including cost or conflict of scheduling. "One of the
things that you’re taught when you go after an Olympic bid in this
process is the word patience," said Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition
CEO Jon Killoran.

Killoran said the organization is hopeful they
will bring the Olympic Winter Games back to our area. Their goal is
hosting the 2026 Winter Games. "Still finding ways to move the Olympic
movement forward. To bring sports tourism to the region and the state,
so we can help the economy here and now."

But Killoran said
ultimately it is up to the United States Olympic Committee if our area
gets a chance to bid. And right now, the committee's priority is the
2024 Summer Olympic bid. "There's been some talk that they will narrow
that list down to a few cities in the next week or so, and then we will
wait, see what comes from there and then what their choosing may be for a
2026 winter bid," said Killoran.

Killoran said there are several
reasons cities drop out of the Olympic bidding process, because bids
are very complex. "We see that even here, where we're not a huge
metropolis area, but there are so many things you have to take into
consideration. When you’re putting them forward, in the end you have to
mark that checklist off, that everything is a go."

Killoran also
said one of the biggest concerns cites may have about hosting the games
are the costs of it, but he believes our area is capable of hosting
once again. "We've always talked about fiscal responsibility,
environmental responsibility, and social responsibility. As long as we
keep our personal path on that direction and make sure that everything
we do is feasible, real, and attainable, then I think we're fine."

Killoran
said several surveys have shown people are very interested in bringing
the games back to our area. The upcoming Curling Congress will be
another chance for Olympic officials to see what our region has to
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