SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah officials are forming an exploratory committee to consider whether the state should pursue a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement Wednesday -- the 10th anniversary of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell will lead the committee. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker also will serve, along with Steve Price, co-chairman of the Utah Sports Commission, and Olympic gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden.
Run by 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Utah's 2002 Games were considered successful, generating $100 million in profits.
But the bidding process was rocked by scandal, with organizers accused of securing the games through $1 million in bribes to International Olympic Committee members.