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1976 Winter Olympics

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    A view of the ski-jumping competition showing the Olympic symbol.
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    Governor John Love formed the Colorado Olympic Committee in the 1960s to build a case for the state to host the 1976 Winter Olympics.
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    Richard Lamm’s opposition to hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics vaulted him from the Colorado House of Representatives to the governor’s mansion in 1975.
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Baird B. Brown and Charles W. Howe, Economic and Environmental Impact of the 1976 Winter Olympics Alpine Events (Boulder: University of Colorado, 1971).

Sam W. Brown Jr., “The ‘76 Winter Olympics: Snow Job in Colorado,” New Republic 166, no. 5 (January 29, 1972).

Timothy Lange, “Keeping the Olympics Out of Colorado,” UCCS Weekly 1, no. 12 (November 7, 1972).

Jack Moore, “When Denver Rejected the Olympics in Favour of the Environment and Economics” Guardian (London), April 7, 2015.

Laura Katz Olson, Power, Public Policy, and the Environment: The Defeat of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Colorado (PhD Dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974).

William Philpott, Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013).

Cynthia Psarakis, “The Olympics That Weren’tNBC News, February 18, 2010.

Additional Information: 

Jean-Loup Chappelet, “Olympic Environmental Concerns as a Legacy of the Winter Games,” International Journal of the History of Sport 25, no. 14 (2008).

Riley E. Dunlap and Angela G. Mertig, American Environmentalism: The U.S. Environmental Movement, 1970–1990 (Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis, 1992).

Stephen Essex and Brian Chalkley, “Mega-Sporting Events in Urban and Regional Policy: A History of the Winter Olympics,” Planning Perspectives. 19, no. 2 (2004).