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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Governor Gary Herbert announces the formation of a panel to explore an Olympic bid for the 2022 or 2026 Winter Games at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.
Editorial: Light the fire again ...

Probably Gov. Herbert didn't read our editorial this morning suggeting Salt Lake City go for another hitch as host of the Olympic Winter Games. If he knew we were for it, he'd probably be against it.

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- Olympics again: S.L. should bid for 2022 games - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

It’s time to rekindle the fire within. Salt Lake City should make a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

After all, Utah has done this before, staging perhaps the most successful Winter Olympics ever in 2002. Many of the reasons for that success remain. Utah’s capital city still offers something that few other bidders anywhere else can match: real-city amenities and transportation systems within close proximity to world-class skiing.

The venues built for the 2002 games would have to be upgraded or rebuilt for 2022, but they already exist.

More important, Utahns know what it takes to host the games. The institutional memory survives. And Utahns still are aglow with memories of the 2002 games. They would volunteer again to make the games a success. By 2022, however, a whole new generation of Utahns could carry the torch, literally as well as figuratively. ...

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- Utah forms panel to explore another Olympic bid - The Salt Lake Tribune

Kearns • Utah’s pursuit of the Olympics is on again.

Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker made it official Wednesday, announcing the creation of an exploratory committee to see what it would take to put together a formal bid for the 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympics, how much it would cost and what other repercussions might be anticipated.

"We need to look at what the real costs would be of upgrading facilities, putting a bid together … and what other competitors are out there," said Ally Isom, the governor’s spokeswoman. "This is meant to be a small group to advise the governor on whether we should pursue a bid." ...

Not that anything is wrapped up:

- Ukraine targeting 2022 Winter Olympics to help underprivileged areas - Inside the Games

- Oslo seeks for the Winter Olympics in 2022 - The Nordic Page

- Panel exploring Denver's Olympic options meets - AP/Denver Post

- Tahoe Execs Join Push for Winter Games in 2022 - NBC San Diego



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