DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Olympic Committee's executive board will choose its candidate for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games Sunday from among four cities--Anchorage, Denver, Reno-Tahoe and Salt Lake City.
Anchorage represented the United States in bidding for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Games but was not selected on either occasion by the International Olympic Committee. The Alaska city's bid committee has been criticized by U.S. winter sports federations and athletes for not building training facilities.
According to USOC sources, the influential site selection committee favors Salt Lake City or Denver. The committee is expected to make a recommendation to the executive board before Sunday's vote.
An IOC vice president, Richard Pound of Canada, said Denver would face an obstacle internationally because it returned the 1976 Winter Olympics to the IOC after Colorado voters rejected them in a 1972 statewide referendum.