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United States will not bid for 2022 Olympics

DENVER, Colorado - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will not bid for the 2022 Winter Games, instead choosing to explore the possibility of hosting either the Summer Olympics in 2024 or the Winter Olympics in 2026.

In a meeting on Tuesday, the USOC board decided to hold off on bidding for the next available Olympics because going for the 2022 Games would put the federation on a fast timeline. A bid for those games would be due in the autumn of 2013.

“It’s not so much about bidding for 2022 as what strategy gives us the best chance to submit a winning bid,” CEO Scott Blackmun said.

“Looking at 2024 and 2026 gives us the best chance to do that. It allows us to form partnerships with all the people who need to be involved in a bid. That would allow us to put our best foot forward.”

Earlier this year, the USOC removed a major roadblock for another bid when it resolved a long-simmering feud over revenue sharing. AP

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