California, Nevada team up to lure 2022 Winter Olympics to Lake Tahoe

Delegations gather during the Closing Ce

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Delegations gather during the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Feb. 26, 2006.

When it comes to snagging the Olympics, two states may be better than one. California and Nevada are teaming up to bring the Winter Games back to Lake Tahoe 10 years from now.

The two states have merged their state committees and will now make a joint pitch for the Winter Games of 2022.

California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says this has been in the works for a long time, and Tahoe is the perfect location.

In fact, Squaw Valley, on the California side of Lake Tahoe, hosted the games back in 1960. But it’s been a while since Winter Olympians chose an American venue — that was Salt Lake City, a decade ago.

Salt Lake is also competing for the 2022 games, along with Denver and Bozeman, Montana.
Lake Tahoe will have to navigate some of its own restrictions on development when it draws up plans for an Olympic village.

Newsom also promised to keep environmental concerns front and center.

A decision is expected in 2015.

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