Salt Lake City Is ‘Preferred Host’ For 2034 Olympics. What Does That Mean?

Nov 29, 2023, 4:54 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY – After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Salt Lake City is the preferred host city for the 2034 Olympics, Utah sports fans were left wondering exactly what that meant.

Salt Lake City Olympic Advisor & LHM CEO Steve Starks joined the KSL Sports Zone to clear the air on the 2034 Olympic Games.

Starks explained what being the ‘preferred host’ means and how official that title is.

“It’s about as official as you can get right now,” Starks said. “The feature host commission of the International Olympic Committee says Salt Lake 2034 is our preferred host city for the Winter Olympic Games. You finalize agreements, you ensure that you have government backing, and then you formally sign at the Paris Games this summer.”

Utah is in a great position to host the games because they have continued to use and update all of the facilities from the 2002 Olympic Games.

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“There is a lot of work to be done but one of the reasons that we were selected is because of all the work that has been done,” Starks said. “We took a lot of risks out of the situation for the IOC.”

The decision isn’t finalized but it’s as sure as it can be at this point in time.

The host city will be finalized as soon as next summer at the Olympics in Paris.

“Utah is in such a great position because we have all of that in place,” Starks said. “We have 100% of the government guarantees. That includes city, county, state, and federal. Everything will be finalized in the coming months.”

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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Salt Lake City Is ‘Preferred Host’ For 2034 Olympics. What Does That Mean?