Bringing Olympics back to Tahoe |

Bringing Olympics back to Tahoe

A regional group wants to bring the Olympic Winter Games back to Tahoe in 2018.

The effort to host another winter games in the United States is being headed up by the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, a bi-state group with members ranging from Brian Krolicki, the Lt. Governor of Nevada, to California Assemblyman Ted Gaines.

The coalition discussed the potential benefits to the region of hosting an Olympics at a meeting in Truckee on Tuesday, where some members of the public questioned the potential negative impacts.

“This is not necessarily going to go over with everybody in the Truckee region,” said Jim Simon, a Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition board member. “But if our bid meets the net-zero impact requirements, my thinking is what is the long-term good for Truckee and Lake Tahoe? This is not what will people of Truckee accept, this is what can this do for Truckee.”

Among the potential benefits are increased revenue and improved infrastructure, said Jim Vanden Heuvel, chief executive officer for the coalition.

– Sierra Sun

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