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If Colorado makes an Olympic bid it will create a “new paradigm about how you do the Olympics,” exploratory committee pitchman says

Exploratory committee studying bid hosts final public meeting in Steamboat, Colorado’s Olympian breeding ground

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2014, file photo, United States' Bode Miller pass a gate during the men's super-G ski race at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Miller's ambition now is to be just as entertaining as a ski racing analyst as he was when he competed. He will work for NBC at the Pyeongchang Olympics. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, FIle)
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Could we? Should we? And just how would the Winter Olympics in Colorado look?

The committee tasked with weighing support for a possible Colorado Olympic bid visited the state’s Olympic breeding ground on Wednesday. Beneath almost 100 athlete-tagged flags draped throughout Steamboat Springs’ fabled Olympian Hall, exploratory committee member Steve McConahey shared a vision with what he called the community’s “thought leaders,” a collection of business owners and representatives from the local government, chamber, ski area and Forest Service.

“We are creating a new paradigm about how you can do the Olympics,” said McConahey, a former Denver Metro Sports Commission chairman and Vail Valley local who served on a committee that proposed Colorado as a host for the 1998 Winter Games.

While the committee is officially only exploring the possibility of hosting the 2030 — or maybe even the 2026 — Olympics, when McConahey talks, it sounds like a pitch.


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