Scott Hutcheson named Calgary 2026 Olympic bid corporation chair

Calgary, Alberta skyline in early February. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

CALGARY – A former alpine skier is the first face and champion of Calgary’s potential bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games.

Scott Hutcheson, who’s also a real estate entrepreneur, has been named chair of Calgary’s bid corporation as the city explores hosting a Winter Games a second time after 1988.

He says he’s looking forward to rolling up his sleeves to move the bid forward.

Hutcheson says they need to determine their vision, their mission and their values.

The deadline for cities to submit 2026 bid books to the International Olympic Committee is January.

Calgary city council reserves the right to withdraw from the bid process.

Work is being done by a city project team crunching financial numbers and analysing venues, housing and transportation.

The federal and provincial governments and the city are splitting the 30-million dollar cost of bid work.

The province made its contribution conditional on Calgary holding a plebiscite, which is tentatively scheduled for November.

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