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US Olympic leaders visit Denver ahead of winter-games decision

Author: Kyle Clark, 9News - November 13, 2018 - Updated: November 13, 2018

Stocking hats used in Colorado’s effort to secure an Olympic bid in 1976 are part of the memorabilia collection of the Denver Public Library in Denver. Over 40 years after becoming the first city to walk away from an Olympic bid, Denver is considering whether to try to again to host the Winter Games. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado’s powerbrokers were meeting with United States Olympic Committee leaders in Denver Tuesday, trying to keep the possibility of a bid for an upcoming Winter Games alive despite opposition from Gov.-Elect Jared Polis.

Denver and Salt Lake City are the two remaining sites that the USOC has invited to submit bids for a future winter games, possibly as early as 2030. A third area, Reno-Lake Tahoe, on Monday declined an invitation to bid.

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9News learned leaders of the Colorado Springs-based USOC were in Denver for a site visit Tuesday, including a late-day meeting with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. The Democrat is one of two honorary co-chairs of Denver’s exploratory committee, which earlier this year recommended an Olympic bid provided Colorado voters give their approval in an election in 2020 or later.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is the other honorary co-chair. His spokesperson told 9News he attended Tuesday’s meeting.

Polis, also a Democrat, has said he would not support bringing the Olympics to Colorado.

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Kyle Clark, 9News

Kyle Clark, 9News