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Denver Declines 1976 Winter Olympics Remember Denver hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics? No? That's because the Colorado capital was supposed to host the Games but didn't. In May 1970, the International Olympic Committee chose Denver to host '76 Winter Games ahead of bids from locales in Switzerland, Finland, and Canada. The USOC was ecstatic, but the taxpayers of Colorado were far less enthusiastic when they learned they would be footing much of the Games' costs. Within a very short time, an anti-Games movement grew in the state. During the 1972 election campaign, a plebiscite asked Coloradoans what they thought about a $5-million bond issue to finance the Games. On the same night Richard Nixon was re-elected, Colorado voters rejected the bond issue by a substantial 60/40 ratio. (In retrospect, that $5 million would have only covered a small fraction of the Games' actual costs.) A week after the voters spoke, Denver officially withdrew as the host city for 1976 Winter Olympics. The Games were hastily given to Innsbruck, Austria--where the 1964 Games had been held--because the facilities were already in place.
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Added: 16th September 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-09-16 
Not exactly an eye-catching logo, was it?
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-09-18 
The person who led the anti-Olympics vote Dick Lamm was later elected governor of Colorado two years later. Months before the vote a 70 meter ski jump hill caught fire as a protest to the Olympics. There's an attempt for Denver to bid for the Winter Games in 2020, but the IOC probably will never consider Denver.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-09-18 
Prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, there were several anti-Olympic groups trying to derail the Games. Luckily they failed. Vancouver was a huge success and a national feel-good moment for Canada. We need those every once in a while.
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