Alaska to Put Previous Winter Olympic Failures Behind them in 2026 Anchorage Bid

By iSportconnect | June 3, 2013

The Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska is looking for volunteers to form an exploratory committee to decide whether or not the city should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Attempts were made to bring the Games to Alaska in 1992 and 1994, but Albertville, France and Lillehammer, Norway won the bidding processes.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan thinks now is the time and told the Anchorage Daily News: “I’d like to think we’ve become a better city, in virtually every category, since that time.”

An increase in population, hotels and better facilities should help Anchorage be a more desirable host city than before Sullivan said.

Sullivan added: “The goal is that you do not have to spend a significant amount of public money, between the support of the (U.S.) Olympic Committee, the International Committee, the television revenue and all the other ways you can raise money.”

A list of potential members for the committee will be drawn-up in the coming weeks.