Friday, January 23, 2015

WIHF - 2030 Bozeman Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympic bids came down to Beijing and Astana, Kazakhstan. Voting occurred in 2015, and Beijing won the bid due to infrastructure and previous Olympic structures. The Russian team geared up and won the gold over Canada with help from KHL stars. The Winter Olympics returned to Europe in 2026. After voting was held in 2019, Dresden, Germany won over Quebec City, and Barcelona. The Germans were great hosts, and provided the stage for one of the best Winter Olympics in recent history. The Fins won their first gold medal in their history over the Americans.

At our time in history, North America hasn’t hosted the event since 2010. So the bidding process naturally came down to an American and Canadian city. Edmonton was selected to host the event for Canada. They had the Eskimos stadium, a new NHL rink, and mountains readily available. The American bid was more interesting. The smaller city of Bozeman, Montana wanted the games. Before you call out my bull shit, let me explain. Bozeman’s Metropolitan Area’s population had passed 250,000 people due to a technology boom, and natural wonder. The mountain views, and new airport gave the city some nice pros. It was a college town, which meant that there were facilities available to use. The Bobcats began upgrading their football, and basketball facilities when they leaped to FBS with Montana, joining the Mountain West. The Montana Tourist Board, and USOC teamed up to bring the games to Montana, since the bid for the 2022 games were too soon. Probably the biggest thing is the 50th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, also held at a small town in the US.

The bid had modern amenities with plans that could be used after the Olympics are over. Bobcat Stadium expanded to 40,000 seats with the division jump. With help from alumni donations, Montana State would build a new 10,000 seat indoor arena would be built on campus for indoor sports. Current basketball arena, Worthington Arena, was 7,000 seats and would be used for curling and speed skating, and eventually demolished after the games. A 15,000 seat arena would be built near downtown by the city. They promised an AHL team would be playing in the arena by 2030. Improved ski facilities would help the tourism of an already world class resort. The Olympic village would be built next to Montana State, with the building going to the college for student housing after the games.

The voting took place in the summer of 2023. That year, the people of Edmonton protested the cost of the games. The city also had record snow fall the week the Olympics would be hosted if there was a 2023 edition of the games. The news came from Switzerland that the small mountain town would host the games, and construction started.

The United States lost to defending champion Finland, but then won the last 2 of their group games to advance as the runner up of group A. The Swedes, Russians, and Canadians all breezed by their groups. The Americans beat the Swedes in the first knockout game. That set up a match against Russia in a rematch of that game 50 years ago. Ironically, the Americans won 4-3 in 2030, wearing throwbacks reminiscent of the 1980 jerseys. Canada had beaten up on Slovenia, and Finland. This set up for a border war of epic proportions. The US scored with 4 minutes to go in a 1-1 game, ultimately sealing the gold medal.


I saw Bozeman’s name on the list of Olympic bids in 2022, and I thought the games there would be funny since it would have to beat out world cities. I had an idea for a logo. It’s a silhouette of a mountain, in the shape of an M. Pretty simple, but I thought it fell under the style of Olympic logos.

I'm gonna release the jerseys in alphabetical order

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