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Bids for the
2002 (2002) Winter Olympics
XIX Olympic Winter Games
Winner: Salt Lake City
Runner-up: Östersund
Shortlist: Sion · Quebec City
Election venueBudapest
104th IOC Session

Location of the bidding cities
Important dates
DecisionJune 16, 1995
WinnerSalt Lake City (54 votes)
Runner-upÖstersund (14 votes)

Four cities made the shortlist with their bids to host the 2002 Winter Olympics (formally known as XIX Olympic Winter Games), which were awarded to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, on June 16, 1995. The other cities shortlisted by the IOC Selection Committee chaired by Thomas Bach were Sion, Switzerland, Östersund, Sweden and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.[1] The host city selection procedure to for the 2002 Winter Olympics will go down in history as one of the most controversial, in light of the scandal regarding the interactions between the Salt Lake City bid team and International Olympic Committee (IOC) members; ten IOC members resigned as a result, as did Salt Lake City bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson. Nevertheless, Salt Lake City overwhelmingly won the right to host the Games, needing only one round to gain the absolute majority of the votes.

Nevertheless, from sporting and business standpoints, this was one of the most successful Winter Olympic Games in history; records were set in both the broadcasting and marketing programs. Over 2 billion viewers watched more than 13 billion viewer-hours.[2] The Games were also financially successful raising more money with fewer sponsors than any prior Olympic Games, which left SLOC with a surplus of $40 million. The surplus was used to create the Utah Athletic Foundation, which maintains and operates many of the remaining Olympic venues.[2]

Final selection

2002 Host City Election — ballot results
City Country (NOC) Round 1
Salt Lake City  United States 54
Sion   Switzerland 14
Östersund  Sweden 14
Quebec City  Canada 7

Cities not shortlisted

Candidature files

See also


  1. ^ "Four candidates for 2002 International Olympic Committee" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b International Olympic Committee (2002). Marketing Matters (PDF). Retrieved October 20, 2010.
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