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POLL: Would you be in favor of Colorado hosting the Winter Olympics?

By: The Gazette
October 19, 2017 Updated: October 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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photo - FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, Gracie Gold competes in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. U.S. figure skating star Gracie Gold is stepping away from the sport to seek professional help with the Olympics a little more than five months away. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time national champion did not specify in a statement to U.S. Figure Skating what sort of help she needs. She said Friday, Sept. 1, 2017,  her "passion for skating and training remains strong" and she will be away for "some time." She hopes this will allow her to become a "stronger person."(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2014, file photo, Gracie Gold competes in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. U.S. figure skating star Gracie Gold is stepping away from the sport to seek professional help with the Olympics a little more than five months away. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time national champion did not specify in a statement to U.S. Figure Skating what sort of help she needs. She said Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, her "passion for skating and training remains strong" and she will be away for "some time." She hopes this will allow her to become a "stronger person."(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) 

The International Olympic Committee might forgive Colorado.

But is Colorado interested in this massively expensive forgiveness?

Gazette columnist David Ramsey examines that question.

First, a history lesson, or reminder: In 1970, the IOC awarded the 1976 Winter Games to a vastly different Colorado. At first, there was mass celebration in a state with a population of 2.2 million. We finally hit the big time.

It only took a year for the Olympic party to end. On Nov. 7, 1971, state voters, by a 3-to-2 margin, rejected a $5 million bond issue required to fund the games. Colorado remains the only destination to ever hand back an Olympic bid to the IOC.

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