Quinn Macmillan / Staff reporter
After the great success from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver, the International and Canadian Olympic Committee are considering Vancouver for a bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.
There are many reasons for Canada and the Olympic Committee to want to hold the games at Vancouver as the last games held were considered a great success.
Businesses all over Vancouver gained an increase in customers, and Olympic merchandise such as the iconic red mittens sold furiously in stores across B.C.
The games were also a great way to showcase B.C. which led to an increase in tourism and population in Canada.
But this can also be seen as a negative for some Canadians as traffic increased greatly around where the games were being held along with noise complaints throughout the night.
The last Olympic games also cost B.C. taxpayers $925 million. The 2030 games is forecasted to cost even more if Vancouver is chosen for the games.
Although it costs a lot of money, a survey was done in 2010 asking Canadians how they felt about having hosted the Olympics. Sixty-eight percent of people said it was worth hosting the games.
So far there are three other cities looking to host the 2030 Winter Olympics that have hosted the games in the past: Both Sapporo, Japan in 1972, and Salt Lake City, USA, in 2002. Barcelona, Spain hosted the summer games in 1992. Of these bid cities, Vancouver has been the most recent location, and would have the most up-to-date facilities.
Another reason to host the games in Vancouver is a higher Canadian medal count.
Above anything, what was remarkable about the 2010 winter Olympics was that Canada placed third overall for medals as they received fourteen golds, seven silver, and five bronze medals. This was one of the best performances by Canada as they got the most gold medals won by a single nation in a winter Olympic game to that point.
With the fantastic performances by the athletes and the increase in tourism, there are many reasons for BC to place a bid for the 2030 winter Olympic games.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to only have to take an hour drive to see the Olympics instead of a twelve hour plane ride?