SALT LAKE CITY - United States
Salt Lake City has applied several times to organise the winter games and has now been chosen to organise them in 2002. The fact remains that they did not obtain the status of host city by following the rules. The two bid committee managers were relieved of their duties after accusations that they used corruption to land the games. They are alleged to have offered large sums of money to a dozen IOC members so as to influence their choice.After Lake Placid (twice), Squaw Valley and Calgary, this will be the fifth time North America hosts the Olympic winter events. Salt Lake City is an unusual city, because it was founded by a religious community, the Mormons, who felt they were persecuted elsewhere in the United States.The town, which lies at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, now has a population of nearly 175,000, and is enjoying considerable building and economic growth. This is no doubt why the city has put itself forward to host the games and become better known.