Boston and New England have an exceptionally strong winter sports tradition. Boston is known as the Hub of Hockey. Snowboarding was largely developed in Vermont. Waterville Valley, New Hampshire is known as the birthplace of freestyle skiing.
Many Winter Olympic champions have hailed from New England. Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. hockey squad, grew up in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Alpine skier Bode Miller, Olympic gold medalist in 2010, started out skiing the slopes of Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire. Snowboarders Ross Powers, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Seth Wescott are all New Englanders who have won Olympic gold.
Boston is similarly sized to other Winter Olympic cities. It is larger than Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), and Pyeongchang (2018). The Winter Olympics have around a quarter of the participants of the Summer Games.
Multiple Winter Olympic hosts have had a model of the indoor events being in a major city and the outdoor events being located in the mountains. The travel time between Boston and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont is similar to that of Vancouver and Whistler in the 2010 Games.
Boston is home to a major international airport close to downtown. Additionally, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has substantial commercial air traffic and is conveniently located to the outdoor venues in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Many existing assets of Boston and New England can be used as Winter Olympic venues. Utilizing existing assets is historically a major factor in controlling costs. These venues will all benefit from upgrades possible because of the Olympic investment.
Boston and New England have a strong transportation network, especially compared to past Winter Olympic hosts. The T already manages shuttling thousands of fans to and from Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins games. Boston is connected to the mountains of New England by major interstate highways.
This transportation network will be modernized by the investment around the games. The Olympics would upgrade the T for decades to come and could deliver long-stalled programs such as the urban ring. The 2002 Winter Olympics was the driving force behind the creation of the light rail system in Salt Lake City.
Greater Boston is home to over thirty thousand hotel rooms and already has significant tourist infrastructure. Ski resort areas in New Hampshire add thousands of additional rooms near alpine events.
Like was done in Utah in 2002, the Olympic Village that will be built will provide new student housing at one of the universities in the city.
2026 will be the 250th anniversary of America's independence. What better way to celebrate than for the city that gave birth to the revolution to host the world?
Hosting the Olympics is a point of pride. Those that live in New England know that it is one of the greatest places on earth. Let's demonstrate what New Englanders can do and showcase New England to the world!
New England Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney
Winthrop, Massachusetts native and Olympic gold medalist Mike Eruzione after the "Miracle on Ice"