Best Cities to Host the 2026 Winter Olympics

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Which City should win the title of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics? Any city is okay.

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1Lake Placid, United States

A NY based Olympics with a focused host site in Lake Placid would be amazing. Bringing this world event back to a historic location will not only add an incredible amount of nostalgia, but also make use of preexisting facilities that would require renovation rather than a full fledged build of a new facility that may never be used again - decreasing any environmental damage and making better use of the funds invested in the event planning.

I like the idea of Lake Placid and NYC co-exhibiting, that makes a lot of sense! Combined it would be the perfect and Ideal location for the Winter Olympics! One day you can check out some events in the city that never sleeps NYC and another day enjoy some events in the beautiful scenic and tranquil city of Lake Placid! Sounds awesome and would bring a lot of people!

Lake Placid is still used to train both Winter and Summer Olympians. Most of the facilities are in good condition and still used regularly. The city is practically ready to host the Olympics already!

We don't get many events here on the east coast of USA. This would be perfect

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2Reykjavik, Iceland

Good way to boost Icelandic Tourism and Iceland's all-round reputation in the world. - tailsthebest1

3Middlesbrough, UK

Great way to spring life in to the town. Would also bring lots of business. - tailsthebest1

I want Great Britain to host Winter Olympics please

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4Longyearbyen, Norway

Practically all year snow, Near great mountains for skiing, Will put Longyearbyen and Svalbard on the map and boost the economy and tourism of the area. - tailsthebest1

We could add polar bear hunting events (please don't sue me PETA).

There will most definitely be snow - severalsomeones

5Jurbarkas, Lithuania

Would help the economy and Lithuania's image among the world. And two words: Andrius Pojavis. - tailsthebest1

6Rovaniemi, Finland

Rather large Finnish City in Lapland near the Arctic Circle, Pretty good for a Winter's Olympics. - tailsthebest1

7Salt Lake City, United States

They already have all the facilities they need to host. It has been used since 2002 and is in good condition, so this would be a smart financial move.

Would love to see the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City again

Perfect resorts and already has all the stuff needed to host the olympics - Bradenlovell

I was young when Salt Lake hosted the 2002 olympics. I would love to see my hometown host it again

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8Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Nicely Sized Northern Swedish City. (Also Niklas Edin is from there. He's so awesome! ) - tailsthebest1

9Nuuk, Greenland

Near LOTS of Snow! Help Greenland as it starts its Olympic journey (Planning to enter
The 2016 or 2020 Summer Olympics) - tailsthebest1

10Almaty, Kazakhstan

Perfect, near Russia so it will be like Sochi which was amazing. Would also help Kazakhstan develop. - ReganTheBeast

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11Ushuaia, Argentina

People think Argentina is hot! IT IS so COLD laugh out loud! Argentina it snows a lot and also very beautiful

Large Argentine city, Near a lot of mountains, Help boost Argentine Economy. - tailsthebest1

12Calgary, Alberta

Calgary hosted the best winter Olympics ever according to the former IOC president. They left an incredible legacy. The games made money.
They were well organized and fun
Calgary has the history of te best spirit of volunterism on earth.

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13Trento, Italy

Great scenery, beautiful landscape!

14Innsbruck Tirol, Austria

Simply the best city in the whole world.
Best ski resorts, best medieval district...

15Anchorage, United States
16Vancouver, CanadaV1 Comment
17Denver, Colorado

Easy to reach. Large airport. The majority of the facilities are already in place. Sports crazy town.

18Methven (Māori: Piwakawaka), New ZealandV1 Comment
19Edina, United States

Only because the twin cities has a special place in my heart.

Decided I'd scroll down till I saw the first US city, then I saw Edina, a city in my home state. Things are so cold here up in Minnesota that we wouldn't have to worry about the halfpipe melting like it did in Sochi.

I only chose this because I am Minnesotan. There would be challenges with the alpine skiing events (i don't think Lutsen or Giants Ridge could host olympic downhill), but indoor ice events could be at the Xcel Energy Center and/or Target Center and there are a lot of cross country trails around here (including one five minutes from my home). Beside, we will likely have four million residents in the MSP area by 2026, so I think we will have enough peeps and venues for the events).

20New York City, United States
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