CARSON CITY - The dream of Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki to win a Winter Olympics for Reno and Lake Tahoe have vanished once again because the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee decided it will not recommend any American city for the 2022 games.
It was the seventh time that Reno has failed in its efforts to secure a Winter Olympics. The 1960 games, however, were hosted in Squaw Valley, Calif., just north of Lake Tahoe and about 40 miles from Reno.
Andy Wirth, chairman of the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee, said Thursday that the group will now turn its focus to winning the 2026 Winter Games.
The USOC board on Tuesday decided to form a committee that would look into the 2024 and 2026 games, in part because going for the 2022 Games would put the organization on too fast of a timeline.
Only recently did the U.S. committee and the International Olympic Committee agree on a revenue-sharing plan for future Olympics. San Diego is one of the cities that might bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Krolicki has been spearheading the state's effort to win the games for the past six years as chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition.
He and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this year the formation of the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee and named Wirth, president of the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski arenas, as the chairman. They hoped that combining forces would give them a better chance of winning the games.
Krolicki was unavailable for comment, but his chief of staff, Kathy Besser, commented, "It's only 14 more years," about the new time period before the Olympics could be held in the Reno-Tahoe area.
Wirth also expressed hope that the Olympics will return to Lake Tahoe.
"The Lake Tahoe region is one of America's greatest natural gems, and we believe that its place as a winter sports destination remains unparalleled," Wirth said in a statement. "While the USOC has chosen not to pursue the 2022 Winter Olympics, I believe, as does our board of directors, that we have laid the groundwork for a return of the Olympic flame to this region and to our very own Olympic Valley in the future."
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-687-3901.