Group Hopes to Bring Winter Olympics Back to Tahoe

With the 2018 Winter Olympics set to open in South Korea next month, one organization is pushing to bring future Olympic Games back to Tahoe. 

The last time the Winter Olympic Games were held in Squaw Valley was in 1960.  Jon Killoran is the CEO of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition. He's among those plotting to make sure that the next time the Winter Games come West, they return to Lake Tahoe. He says his organization has been working for years to bring the Games back to the region.

"My organization has been working on this effort since 2003 and there actually has been others prior to that in different ways so really an effort going out of Reno-Tahoe has been going on since the late 1980s," said Killoran.

Killoran says they take their cues from the United States Olympic Committee.

"If and when they ask us for a bid submission for future Winter Games, we certainly are in and want to be in those conversations," said Killoran.

Tahoe came close in the 1990s, the region was runner up to Salt Lake City when it was awarded the opportunity to pursue the games. Killoran says the organization is hopeful they will bring the Games back to the area. 

"The region could put together a very competitive and attractive bid for the United States Olympic Committee to first consider a domestic competiton against any other cities that are interested from around the country," he said.

Their goal is to host the 2026 Winter Games.

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