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Denver were awarded the 1976 Winter Olympic Games ahead of Sion in Switzerland, Tempere in Finland and Vancouver in Canada at the International Olympic Committee Session in 1970. But in a Colorado referendum in November 1972, voters rejected funding for the event. It is the only time a city has been awarded the Olympics but pulled out. The IOC then offered the Games to Whistler in Canada, but they too declined owing to a change of Government following elections. Salt Lake City offered to host the Games, but the IOC, still reeling from the Denver rejection, declined and selected Innsbruck, the 1964 host city, as a replacement.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the international governing body that oversees the quadrennial Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. The CGF is a small passionate team, wholeheartedly committed to its vision, mission and values. Based in our central London headquarters and reporting to the CGF’s Sports Director, this role will play a key role within the team, providing operational and strategic support across all areas of the sport programme, including bespoke projects and events.
At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, Spyridon Louis won the marathon to become an instant Greek hero. Mike Rowbottom tells the story of how a humble water carrier entered sporting folklore, 125 years on.