DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. Richard “Dick” Lamm, who successfully fought to stop the 1976 Winter Olympics from being held in Colorado even though they had been awarded to the state, has died. He was 85.
His wife said in a statement Friday that Lamm passed away late Thursday following complications from a pulmonary embolism suffered this week.
Lamm served three terms as governor from 1975 to 1987. As a state lawmaker, he campaigned against hosting the 1976 games, arguing it would damage the environment and unnecessarily cost the state. The Games were relocated to Innsbruck, Austria.
Lamm also was an unsuccessful Reform Party presidential candidate in 1996.