Winter X Games: Park City tells ESPN it is interested
Park City has told ESPN it is interested in hosting the Winter X Games, submitting a letter to inform the sports network it wants to be a candidate for the event.
The deadline to submit the letter was Nov. 30. Bob Kollar, who is the director of special events for the Park City Chamber/Bureau, said Park City submitted the letter by the deadline.
Kollar declined to discuss the letter in any depth, but it is unlikely it is a detailed discussion of a potential Winter X Games in Park City. He said the letter expressed an interest in the Winter X Games in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
ESPN is considering options for both the Winter X Games and the Summer X Games. Park City is only interested in the winter event.
The network on Monday declined to provide information about the cities that submitted letters by the Nov. 30 deadline, including the number of them. It said ESPN plans to announce which cities or other entities qualified to move forward in the process soon.
A posting on an ESPN website dedicated to the X Games bidding says the network plans to name the cities or entities that qualified on Friday.
ESPN next week plans speak on the telephone individually with the qualifying cities or entities to discuss the process. A document about the event requirements will be given to the qualifying cities or entities next week as well.
The network in the spring will name the finalist cities and will visit them sometime afterward. ESPN prior to February 2014 will name which city will host the Winter X Games.
The Winter X Games have traditionally been held in Aspen, Colo. The events include sports like slopestyle and superpipe. Skiers and snowboarders compete in the Winter X Games. Other events that are part of a Winter X Games program include snowmobiling disciplines.
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