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Hickenlooper: Olympics Bid Needs Careful Look

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Coloradan Lindsey Vonn displays her bronze (super-G) and gold medals (downhill) during the medal ceremony for the Alpine skiing Women's Super-G event of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Medal Plaza venue on February 20, 2010 in Whistler. (credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Coloradan Lindsey Vonn displays her bronze (super-G) and gold medals (downhill) during the medal ceremony for the Alpine skiing Women’s Super-G event of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Medal Plaza venue on February 20, 2010 in Whistler. (credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says whether to seek the 2022 Winter Games is not a “black and white” issue and not something Denver should automatically pursue.

The Democrat said Tuesday during a luncheon in downtown Denver that the city should explore the “pros and cons” of hosting the games before launching a bid. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced in December that a committee would explore whether to pursue a bid and report back in the coming months. At the time, they said the idea should be taken seriously.

The 2022 host will be chosen in 2015. But potential bid cities would have to be committed to a plan by 2013.

Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Games but voters rejected the idea over concerns of pollution and sprawl.

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