The Stockholm Åre 2026 bid team delivered an in-depth Technical Presentation to the IOC Session this morning, providing detailed information on key organisational areas like the athlete experience, venue plans, transport, accommodation and financing, as well as Sweden’s broader vision for making its first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games truly transformative.
The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, addressed the IOC Members, explaining that the ‘transformative’ Swedish bid is stable, innovative, and delivers on the New Norm reforms.
Stockholm Åre 2026’s other presenters were: IOC Executive Board Member, Gunilla Lindberg; Stockholm Åre 2026 CEO Richard Brisius; Swedish Olympic Committee President and bid Chairman Mats Årjes; Swedish Olympic Committee Vice President Per Palmström; Olympic Champion in alpine skiing, Frida Hansdotter; two-time Olympic curling gold medallist, Anette Norberg; and Chairman of Volvo and Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists, Carl-Henric Svanberg.
Speaking to media following this morning’s presentation, Prime Minister Löfven said: “I’m here today together with HRH Crown Princess Victoria and HRH Prince Daniel to demonstrate our full support of the Swedish bid. I want to make it crystal clear that the Swedish government stands fully behind the Stockholm Åre 2026 candidature”.
“I grew up in the north of Sweden in a town called Örnsköldsvik where Olympic history was made in 1976 – the first Paralympic Winter Games took place there. Now, Sweden wants to bring change to the Olympics again”.
“The IOC has asked for reforms in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 and the New Norm, and I’m confident that Stockholm Åre will be outstanding hosts and the right candidate to deliver this New Norm. The plan is very clear – Sweden will almost exclusively use existing infrastructure and arenas, and to achieve greater efficiency, part of the Games will also take place in Latvia”.
“Sweden has tens of thousands of volunteers, clubs, parasports and sports federations, with considerable organisational experience, and all of this together forms a very strong national sports movement standing behind the vision of a successful Swedish Winter Games”.
“The Stockholm Åre bid takes the Winter Games back to its roots – with a focus on the sport, the athletes and the joy of sharing in celebration.”
The Stockholm Åre 2026 team will make a final presentation to the IOC Session at 14:00 CEST on Monday afternoon, before the IOC Members vote on the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026 host at around 16:00 CEST.