IOC exec high on Quebec City as Olympic site

Walter Sieber thinks Quebec City would be an 'extraordinary' place to hold the Winter Olympics....

Walter Sieber thinks Quebec City would be an 'extraordinary' place to hold the Winter Olympics. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)

REJEAN TREMBLAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

SOCHI, RUSSIA - Walter Sieber wants to talk about Quebec City.

The IOC executive still thinks that "Quebec would be an extraordinary Olympic destination," and that IOC members would be enchanted by the notion of holding the Winter Olympics in one of the world's most captivating winter cities.

The one thing missing, Sieber says, is a proper downhill ski facility, and he has a couple of ideas that he thinks would make for a successful bid.

"We could hold the downhill in Lake Placid, N.Y. (about a five hour drive from Quebec City) or in Lake Louise, Alta. We could even do the bobsleigh events in Calgary and avoid building a third bobsleigh course in Canada (the other is in Whistler, B.C.). Five hours on a plane for two or three days of competition doesn't sound like a big deal to me," Sieber says.

With a couple of small additions, Sieber believes that Quebec City is pretty much ready to go if they wanted to place a bid for a future Olympic Games. A new hockey arena is being built, and Montreal's Bell Centre could always be used as a second venue. Sieber strongly believes that a joint bid that uses already-built Olympic infrastructure is the way to go and that the IOC would strongly consider a Quebec City bid.

Sieber says that only one obstacle remains. "We just have to go after it and get it."


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