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  2002 Winter Olympic bid scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2002 Winter Olympic bid scandal was a scandal involving allegations of bribery to obtain the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Almost from the moment the Olympic Winter Games were created in the 1920s, Salt Lake City had tried to win the honor of hosting the games.
Scandal broke on December 10, 1998 when Swiss IOC member Marc Hodler, head of the coordination committee overseeing the organization of the 2002 games, announced that several members of the IOC had taken bribes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_bid_scandal   (1108 words)

  
 2002 Winter Olympics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Olympic venues were scattered around Salt Lake City, as well as in the mountains at Park City, Ogden, Provo and West Valley City.
Prior to these Olympic Winter Games, a number of IOC members were forced to resign after it was uncovered that they had accepted inappropriately valuable gifts in return for voting for Salt Lake City to hold the Games.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_Games   (887 words)

  
 Lobbying may have broken Olympic rules   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Olympic bid leaders from San Francisco and New York were hastily summoned Thursday to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado to discuss lobbying that might have violated ethics rules for the two cities trying to win the 2012 Summer Games.
The two Olympians support the bid but are not formally affiliated with the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, the group trying to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to San Francisco and the region.
The USOC asked bid leaders Anne Cribbs of San Francisco and Jay Kriegel of New York to come to Colorado Springs on Thursday to talk to officials about the apparent ethics violations and other matters related to the bids.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2002/09/27/BA164167.DTL&type=printable   (522 words)

  
 ESPN.com - Lawyers want info on immigration fraud disallowed
SALT LAKE CITY -- The hefty report that laid out this city's Olympic bid scandal should be excluded as evidence in the trial of the two men who brought the 2002 Winter Olympics to Utah, defense lawyers said in their final motions before the trial starts Oct. 28.
The bid leaders' lawyers objected to an internal report released in February 1999 by a five-member ethics panel for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.
The bid scandal began to unravel in late 1998 when a Salt Lake City television station reported on a draft letter by Johnson showing the bid committee had been making college tuition payments for the daughter of an IOC member from Cameroon.
sports.espn.go.com /espn/print?id=1640370&type=news   (471 words)

  
 Worldandnation: Former Olympic officials indicted in bribery scandal
Welch resigned from the bid committee in 1997, Johnson in 1999.
A Salt Lake businessman and a former U.S. Olympic official have already pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal, and a grand jury indicted the son of a South Korean IOC member, who was given a job by the Salt Lake committee, on immigration-fraud charges.
In the wake of the scandal, 10 IOC members resigned or were removed from the 105-year-old organization, and the Salt Lake organizing committee's upper management was replaced.
www.sptimes.com /News/072100/Worldandnation/Former_Olympic_offici.shtml   (690 words)

  
 MassageToday.com
In February and March of 2002, an event of unprecedented proportion occurred in the unlikely setting of sleepy, conservative Salt Lake City.
The conservative (bordering on repressive) attitudes toward touch and alternative health care in Utah stacked the deck against it, and the fact that SLOC was distracted by the bid scandal for the first several years of preparation didn't help, either.
While the Olympics were in session, Roger and Jen had several meetings with the International Organizing Committee's Medical Commission to discuss the future of massage therapy in Olympic settings.
www.massagetoday.com /archives/2002/05/01.html   (2892 words)

  
 S.L. bid scandal leads to Olympic reforms - 2002 Winter Olympics coverage
When the dust of the scandal settled, after the results were known of at least four separate investigations into the practices of the Salt Lake Bid Committee, the fallout was staggering.
The scandal was sparked in November of 1998 when a Salt Lake television station received an anonymous copy of a 1996 letter detailing a $10,000 tuition payment from SLOC to the daughter of a late IOC member.
The ethics panel said the bid committee's board of trustees was not aware of the payments to IOC members and their relatives.
deseretnews.com /oly/view/0,3949,30000166,00.html   (988 words)

  
 SLOC 2002 Olympic Bribery Investigation
The judge in Salt Lake's Olympic bid case is explaining why he dismissed 4 of the 15 counts against bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson.
Former Olympic bid executive Dave Johnson claims the bid committee was swindled into paying $1,000 a month to an imaginary daughter of an IOC delegate, who actually kept the cash for himself.
Salt Lake Olympic organizers warned IOC delegates meeting in Sydney to brace for the release of "thousands and thousands of pages" of potentially embarrassing documents related to the 2002 scandal.
web.ksl.com /TV/olympics/sloc/index.php   (732 words)

  
 CNNSI.com - 2002 Winter Olympics - Scandal past, officials hope for Olympic revival - Tuesday February 05, 2002 10:47 AM
Instead, as the Winter Games approach in the city that brought the Olympics its biggest embarrassment, officials hope for a revival of spirit and the emergence of the United States as an international sports leader.
The International Olympic Committee, which lost 10 members and its image of purity in the $1 million scam involving Salt Lake City's winning bid for the games, is reconfigured under rules of openness and run by a new leader dedicated to more change.
The scandal's aftermath was just one of the problems Baldwin faced when she took over as USOC president in December 2000.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /olympics/2002/news/2002/02/05/saltlake_saga_ap   (1028 words)

  
 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Nation -- Olympic finance director admits he helped hide suspicious spending in ...
SALT LAKE CITY – A former finance director for two Olympic bid chiefs admitted Friday at their trial that he helped hide questionable spending and turned state's evidence to avoid federal prosecution.
Hamson testified that bid chief Tom Welch got Ernst and Young auditors to back off from closely examining the lavish spending on International Olympic Committee delegates who awarded Utah the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Welch, who was president of the Salt Lake bid and organizing committee, and Dave Johnson, who was senior vice president, are on trial for allegedly bribing IOC delegates to win the games.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/nation/20031107-1722-olympicbribery.html   (445 words)

  
 Articles - venues of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games | Utah.com
Though the area spawned millionaire miners who went on to become influential statesmen, it is also the hub for one of the nation's greatest assemblage of ski mountains.
The giant slalom is the cousin to the slalom race, one of the original alpine ski race events held in the 1936 Olympics.
Built especially for the Games but eyed for years because of its incredible terrain, the downhill race will be held on John Paul, a new ski mountain served by a detachable-grip four-seater chairlift and a unique tram, which covers the last few hundred feet to the top.
www.utah.com /schmerker/2001/olympic_venues2.htm   (1139 words)

  
 Topic 3038: Salt Lake City's Bid for 2002 Winter Olympics
Originally declared as a worldwide celebration that would bring fame to the reserved town of Salt Lake City, Utah, the successful bid for the Winter Olympic Games of 2002 have yielded a whirlwind of controversy over allegations of bribery in the form of gifts to the members of the International Olympics Committee (IOC).
Approximately 70% of Utah's population belongs to the Mormon church, which opposes the use of alcohol so strongly that members who admit to its consumption are not allowed to enter church temples.
The subpoenas are in reference to the admissions that the SLOC paid for college scholarships and living expenses for relatives of some IOC members before the city won the bid for the games.
projects.ldc.upenn.edu /TDT3/topic.research/topic3038.html   (775 words)

  
 BBC News | World | Timeline: Olympics corruption scandal
The International Olympic Committee should undergo a thorough reform "at all levels", following the corruption scandal over the way the 2002 Winter Games were awarded to Salt Lake City, says the report of an inquiry by the United States Olympic Committee.
A new chief executive is to head Salt Lake City's preparations for the Winter Olympics in 2002 as organisers promise a new policy of openness and accountability.
Suspicion of scandal falls on Nagano as a popular newspaper in Japan says more than $6m was spent entertaining Olympic officials during the bid to host the 1998 winter games in Nagano.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/297030.stm   (546 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: Olympic-sized scandal -- February 19, 1999
Olympic historian Kevin Wamsley says one of the reasons improprieties have taken place is because there is so much money involved.
For example, in the budget for the organizing committee, there is a provision that the members of the Olympics family be provided breakfast over the two-week period that they are here, which is fine, except that breakfast is going to cost over $700,000 for 14 days.
And Toronto's organizing committee, which lost the bid for the 1998 games, complained as far back as 1991 to the IOC that some members and their companions materially benefited by obtaining airline tickets from local sources at sometimes-discounted prices, and demanding hard currency in return.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/sports/jan-june99/olympics_2-19.html   (2078 words)

  
 2006 Winter Olympic Tickets - Torino 2006 Olympic Tickets - Cheap Olympic Ticket
A winter sports week with speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey and Nordic skiing was planned, but the 1916 Olympics were cancelled after the outbreak of World War I. The first Olympics after the war, the 1920 Games in Antwerp again featured figure skating, while ice hockey made its Olympic debut.
In a 2003 IOC vote, the 2010 Winter Olympics were awarded to Vancouver, allowing Canada to host its second Winter Olympics as well.
This was just after the IOC had adopted a new style of voting due to corruption scandals surrounding the votes for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.
www.onlineseats.com /olympic-tickets/2006-winter-olympics/index.asp   (1298 words)

  
 KSL News: Bid Leader's Secretary Testifies at Olympic Bribery Trial
Stephanie Pate, former aide to Olympic bid chief Tom Welch, testified Tuesday that trustee Ken Bullock wanted a copy of the letter because he was looking for evidence of improprieties by the bid campaign.
Welch, who was president of the Salt Lake bid and organizing committees, and Johnson, who was senior vice president, are accused of paying $1 million in bribes to IOC delegates, in one case buying Augustin Arroyo of Ecuador a $555 retriever.
Arroyo, who took $30,000 in benefits for himself or his family, was among 10 IOC delegates who were expelled or forced to resign because of the bid scandal.
tv.ksl.com /index.php?nid=5&sid=56738   (696 words)

  
 Olympic Trials - CFO Magazine - September Issue 2000 - CFO.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
As Sydney shoots for the gold with the most expensive and elaborate Summer Olympics ever — carrying a price tag of $5 billion — a very different financial strategy is playing out for the next Winter Olympics, half a world away in Salt Lake City.
The main reason is the scandal that erupted in late 1998, after reports that members of the local group responsible for Salt Lake City's Olympic bid had bribed International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in order to bring the Games to their community.
And while the city managed to keep the 2002 Olympics, the scandal forced the ouster or resignation of several IOC officials and led to reforms that included a new international ethics code.
www.cfo.com /article.cfm/2987242?f=home_magazine   (757 words)

  
 Olympic Board Approves $100 Million Giveaway -- 2002 Winter Olympic News from KSL
Olympic organizers held their last board meeting today and approved a plan to divide the profits of the Winter Games.
However, Olympic organizers want the foundation to take over a third Olympic venue, Soldier Hollow, where cross-country ski races were held.
SLOC president Fraser Bullock also will propose two Olympic plazas, one for $3.6 million built around the Olympic cauldron at the University of Utah and a $6.6 million downtown plaza featuring the retractable Hoberman Arch used to award Olympic medals.
2002.ksl.com /news-7710i.php?p=1   (443 words)

  
 CNN In-Depth Specials - The Olympic Scandal - Overview
In late 1998, the unthinkable emerged, suddenly casting a pall over the world's beloved Games: allegations that International Olympic Committee members were bribed for their votes favoring Salt Lake City as the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Within weeks a wide net was cast to include close scrutiny of the bidding processes used to procure Games hosted by Nagano, Atlanta and Sydney, Australia, among other cities.
IOC officials, athletes and Olympic cities around the world hope the same can soon be said about the biggest scandal in the history of the Games.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/1999/olympic.probe/overview   (462 words)

  
 A guilty plea in Olympic bribe scandal - 2002 Winter Olympics coverage
Justice Department officials said their probe of Salt Lake City's bid for the Olympics is continuing.
Again, the purpose was to disguise a payment by the Salt Lake Bid Committee to reimburse Keystone for the cost of maintaining the IOC member's son on the payroll until he could lawfully attain permanent resident status.
—Simmons and a bid committee officer executed a "consulting contract" under which Kaystone purportedly would "arrange private meetings" with IOC members and would determine a specific strategy to remedy the situation if the IOC member's attitude toward the Salt Lake bid was "neutral or negative," according to court documents.
deseretnews.com /oly/view/0,3949,35000094,00.html   (1046 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Report: Nagano spent millions on 1998 Olympic bid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Many Olympic insiders said Salt Lake City deserved to win that bid but couldn't match Nagano's gift-giving, and then went on a spree of its own to win the 2002 Olympics.
The two top leaders of Salt Lake's Olympic bid committee were indicted on bribery charges, but a federal judge threw out the case midway through the trial, saying the government had failed to prove bid chief Tom Welch or deputy Dave Johnson had done anything illegal or wrong.
But Nagano won its bid by spending $4.4 million entertaining IOC members, another $544,000 on unspecified souvenirs, plus $776,000 that was unaccounted for, according to the report from Japan.
www.usatoday.com /sports/olympics/winter/2006-01-09-nagano-bribery_x.htm?csp=34   (423 words)

  
 CNN - Olympic bribery scandal threatens to shrink 2002 Winter Games - January 13, 1999
ATLANTA (CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sought Wednesday to reassure big financial backers who are alarmed about a bribery scandal involving the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
The IOC and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating allegations that members of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) offered favors and bribes of up to $70,000 to some IOC members in exchange for votes for the Utah city to host the 2002 Winter Games.
IOC reassures Olympic sponsors in wake of Salt Lake scandal - January 12, 1999
www.cnn.com /US/9901/13/olympic.sponsors   (626 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Sport | Special reports | Winter Olympics: Mayer admits suicide attempt in latest Tinseltown twist
He was serving a ban from the Olympics until after the 2010 games after being linked to blood doping at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.
The analysis may not be completed until after the Olympics have finished on Sunday, although the results are normally known within 72 hours.
Rogge said the decision was made on Saturday afternoon to coordinate the police and IOC anti-doping swoop on the Austrians at the weekend.
sport.guardian.co.uk /turin2006/story/0,,1715680,00.html?...   (794 words)

  
 CNN - 'Thorough' Olympic bribery probe promised - December 29, 1998
Mitchell was appointed last week by the U.S. Olympic Committee to head the USOC's investigating panel, which is expected to review any past improprieties and make recommendations for rules on future bid and selection processes.
Accusations of scandal and bribery have rocked the Olympic movement, prompting the International Olympic Committee to call for the first inquiry, followed by Salt Lake organizers early this month asking an independent ethics panel to investigate.
Olympic officials have been contacting sponsors to assure them action is being taken to maintain the Olympics image of high ideals and ethics.
us.cnn.com /US/9812/29/olympic.bribery.01   (789 words)

  
 Olympic Winter Games News
Olympic Winter Games news continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
After getting the nod as one of the finalists for the 2014 Winter Olympics, the committee in charge of trying to bring the games to Pyeongchang on Thursday settled on a slogan and emblem for the bid.
The Olympic Dreams exhibition, designed by the Olympic Museum and presented by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, will be opened on Sunday 2 July at the Revillagigedo Palace in Gijn.
www.topix.net /olympics/winter   (668 words)

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