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PROVO/OREM AREA TO GET OLYMPIC RINK, WELCH SAYS

The Provo/Orem area will get an Olympic ice rink just like the one in Ogden, Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee Chairman Tom Welch promised lawmakers Thursday.

But Welch asked members of the Legislature's Sport Oversight Committee not to raise the issue until after the International Olympic Committee chooses the site of the 2002 Winter Games next June.Provo officials have said they will go to the Legislature and ask for $3 million toward the $6 million facility, which would be used only for practice and possibly preliminary events during an Olympics.

Ogden and Weber County officials got a similar deal from the state to build an ice sheet near Weber State University that will be the site of an Olympic event, women's hockey.