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Colo. candidates open to exploring Olympic bid

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado gubernatorial candidates say they're open to exploring the idea of hosting the Winter Olympics, but the economic payoff has to justify what are likely to be multibillion-dollar costs.

Gov. Bill Ritter said on a radio show this month that he hoped Colorado could host the Olympics in 2022. Gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes say they're open to exploring the idea.

The nonprofit Denver Metro Sports Commission is working on early estimates for venues and infrastructure that would be needed to host the Olympics, but it hasn't disclosed those figures.

In 1972, Colorado voters spurned a winning bid to host the Winter Olympics, largely over concerns about environmental issues and costs.