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Lawmakers passed a resolution Thursday to tell the world that Utah is ready for the Olympics… again.
The House gave final passage to SCR9, Concurrent Resolution Recognizing Utah's Sport and Olympic Legacy Efforts, with a 58-1 vote.
"Utah is well positioned globally in sports and in the Olympic movement so that when the opportunity arises, Utah will be ready, willing and able to welcome the world back," House sponsor Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, read from the resolution.
He said of the six cities on the list for the 2022 Olympic games, four of them have passed resolutions or had voter referendums saying they do not want to host the games. That leaves two options, Kazakhstan and Beijing, which hosted the Olympics in 2008. "Suffice it to say that Beijing recently held the Olympics, and a lot of people think that we have better snow than they do."
Utah is home to more winter Olympic athletes than anywhere else in the nation, Eliason said, and the facilities built for the 2002 Olympics are still well-maintained and used regularly. He said although the chances of Utah making the bid for the 2022 games are slim, the state would like to hold them again as soon as possible.
"I hope through our unanimous endorsement of this resolution that we can send a clear message to people around the world that they are welcome in Utah along with the greatest snow on earth."
Only one lawmaker opposed the resolution: Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton.