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Utah Olympic officials to seek $15M to attract sports events

Winter X Games 2019 Aspen - Day 3

ASPEN, COLORADO - JANUARY 26: Chloe Kim takes a practice run prior to the Women’s Snowboard Superpipe final at the 2019 Winter X Games on January 26, 2019 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Olympic bid officials say they will request as much as $15 million from the state Legislature to help bring more world-class sporting events to Utah in preparation for future Winter Olympics.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the funding being sought would go through the Utah Sports Commission to be used over the next 10 to 12 years to bring in more events, like the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships that start this weekend at Utah resorts.

The U.S. Olympic Committee in December gave Salt Lake City the green light to bid on a future Winter Games, most likely for 2030.

Fraser Bullock, co-chair of the Salt Lake Olympic Exploratory Committee, says the next big task will be preparing for venue-use agreements across the state.