Some time after the International Olympics Committee awarded the 1976 Winter games to Denver, Colorado, the Lieutenant-Governor of the State admitted that organisers of the application had "lief a bit" in their presentation.
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Background: Some time after the International Olympics Committee awarded the 1976 Winter games to Denver, Colorado, the Lieutenant-Governor of the State admitted that organisers of the application had "lief a bit" in their presentation. In fact the site chose, Evergreen, in the foothills above Denver, rarely has snow. Aspen nearby is an established ski resort and the town council would officially welcome transfer of the Games to them, but many residents are against it. Throughout the State people are asking if Colorado can afford the 25-million dollars (nearly GBP9-million) it will cost for what is seen as essentially a promotion exercise.
SYNOPSIS: Nestling quietly in foothills above Denver, Colorado, the site of the 1976 Winter Olympic Games at Evergreen in already giving people headaches. The trouble is that Evergreen lives up to it name. The place rarely has snow, and when it does gets little. Yet two years ago the International Olympics Committee decided that this was the perfect site for the Winter Olympics after Sapporo, and Colorado's Lieutenant-Governor has since admitted that those presenting Evergreen's case "lied a bit."
Many original supporters of the application now oppose it. In three weeks more than 20-thousand people signed a petition to get the Games moved elsewhere.
Neighbouring Aspen, an established Ski resort, is one of several possible resort, is one of several possible havens.
But though the town council is officially in favour of hosting the 1976 Olympics, many residents are against the idea.
Throughout the State of Colorado, in fact, people are beginning to ask if they can afford the 25-million dollars (nearly GBP9-million) minimum price-tag on what they see as essentially publicity for the region's tourist industry. Whatever site is finally adopted they fear it will inherit more problems than it's worth.