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Winter Olympic Games 2026

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Although Tyrol voted against the games in Innsbruck Austria might still apply to host the games but with Graz as a host city instead. That said the only events taking place in Graz would be Ice Hockey, figure skating, Curling,...

The majority of the games would take place over 100 km in the west of the city with Alpine Skiing events taking place in Schladming, Nordic skiing in Ramsau/Bischofshofen and Freestyle skiing as well as snow boarding events taking place on the Kreischberg. So far that sounds quite good since all these cities have hosted world championships in the respective sport in the last 20 years, but I'm not quite as happy about the remaining locations. Biathlon would take place in Hochfilzen, and both bobsleigh and speed skating events would take place in Germany close to the Austrian border (Königssee, Inzell). Those venues wouldn't be extremely far away from the first three I've mentioned, but they are another 100km further away from Graz which simply makes Graz as the host city a completely stupid choice. I'm Austrian and of course I'd be happy if the games actually go to Graz but it would feel kinda strange to get the Olympic games back to Austria knowing the city which hosts the games wasn't even close to being the best option in the own country. 

 

Anyway, looking at Sion's application, the distances there are even crazier. Sion is in the west of the country and as far as I know they want to make the bobsleigh events in St Moritz on the opposite side of the country. I mean why even have a host city if the events take place somewhere far away from there. 

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To be honnest if any Swiss city hosts, no matter how impractical they really should use St Moritz for the sliding sports. It’s the most iconic bobsleigh venue in the world and second place ain’t close.

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1 hour ago, Gigs said:

Anyway, looking at Sion's application, the distances there are even crazier. Sion is in the west of the country and as far as I know they want to make the bobsleigh events in St Moritz on the opposite side of the country. I mean why even have a host city if the events take place somewhere far away from there. 

 

Maybe it's because I'm from Canada, but a five hour drive isn't so bad. It is also a good way to save money on infrastructure.

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1 minute ago, JoshMartini007 said:

 

Maybe it's because I'm from Canada, but a five hour drive isn't so bad. It is also a good way to save money on infrastructure.

Speaking of long drives, I wouldn’t mind seeing some ice rinks in Edmonton heing used as a secondary ice hockey venue or as the curling venue in the Calgary 2026 bid.

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9 minutes ago, Nate River said:

Speaking of long drives, I wouldn’t mind seeing some ice rinks in Edmonton heing used as a secondary ice hockey venue or as the curling venue in the Calgary 2026 bid.

 

Calgary and the nearby mountains have the capacity to host most things. Curling, figure skating, ice hockey and short track speed skating could be placed in Edmonton (or Red Deer or Lethbridge)

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I hope the Winter Games will come back to Europe :fingers:


 

 

 

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vor 1 Stunde schrieb JoshMartini007:

Makes sense, they are already hosting in 2028. This helps Canada should they submit a bid.

In case there is a European bid it would be ridiculous if Canada gets to host the games though, since they already hosted the games in 2010. 

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10 minutes ago, Gigs said:

In case there is a European bid it would be ridiculous if Canada gets to host the games though, since they already hosted the games in 2010. 

 

You're probably right. 16 years would be the shortest time span for a nation to host the winter games twice. It also doesn't help that Europe hasn't hosted in a while either. 2030 is more plausible though if there is little competition we may sneak in.

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