2030 Winter Olympics coming to the French Alps

The French Alps have been named the IOC’s preferred candidate to host the 2030 Games.

The joint bid announced last year between Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is now almost assured to win the Games.

France has hosted three times previously

There have been three previous winter games hosted in France, starting with the first ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924, followed by Grenoble in 1968 and Albertville in 1992.

In recent years, France has plenty of experience of major events, having hosted 94 World Championships or World Cups in the last decade.

The Venues

The French plan proposes to use multiple resorts and regions to host the different events:

Le Grand-Bornand: Cross-country ski, biathlon
La Plagne: Bobsleigh, luge, skeleton
Méribel: Alpine skiing
Courchevel: Alpine skiing, ski jumping
Bozel: Olympic Village
Montgenèvre: Freestyle skiing and snowboarding
Serre-Chevalier: Freestyle skiing and snowboarding
Briançon: Olympic Village
Nice: Figure skating, curling, short-track skating, ice hockey

Announcement due in July after Summer Olympics

An IOC delegation visited the proposed venues in April 2024 and the bid is likely to be confirmed absolutely in a vote on July 24 in Paris after the Paris Summer Olympics.

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