USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said U.S. officials were tilting away from a bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026.
The U.S. Olympic Committee still plans to bring teams to the Pyeongchang Games in February despite the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley casting doubt on U.S. participation. "So we are 100 percent committed to our athletes on that but don't want to get into a discussion around what the legalities might be". "We're taking a team to PyeongChang unless its physically or legally impossible to do that". Blackmun declined to say whether he felt Trump could bar American athletes from competing. During the 1980 Olympic boycott the USOC complied with President Jimmy Carter's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.
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Blackmun said the USOC has had a great communication with South Korean authorities adding, "from the standpoint of things we can control we feel really good".
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U.S. cities wishing to bid for the 2026 games must submit their candidacies by March 2018.
That same week, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said, "From our perspective, with the information we now have, it's full-steam ahead".
Three cities are in the mix for a 2026 or 2030 bid Blackmun said. Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno-Tahoe on Nevada's border with California are among U.S. cities to have expressed interest.
"We're very excited about the prospects of hosting, but have nothing firm in the way of timing".
Besides the United States, Calgary, Sapporo and Sion have all expressed interest in bidding for the 2026 Games. However, to receive the full amount the bid must convince the province of Albert and national government to help share costs.