When these Winter games were just getting started, the local media reported on the increase in hotel reservations in Vancouver, WASHINGTON, which is just across the river from Portland, Oregon...and a six hour drive to the namesake city in Canada. The media loves to report about dumb Americans, as this only reminded me of a favourite media story during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when residents of New Mexico had wanted to buy tickets to the Summer Olympics but was told by ignorant ticketsellers in Atlanta that they had to buy tickets through their national office in Mexico City! In good spirit, New Mexico actually rented a "New Mexico House" to hold parties during the games in Atlanta, for the visiting residents of New Mexico.
I had mentioned to my supervisor this news item about Vancouver WA getting hotel reservations by Americans who thought the Olympics was being held here and said, "Vancouver WA will never host an Olympics!" My supervisor responded, "Never is a long time." She doesn't seem to understand that there are hundreds of cities in the world that will want to host the Olympics, but this event only happens every four years. There's no way an unremarkable city like Vancouver WA would impress the IOC to host an Olympics. Portland OR has a much better shot, but even that possibility is a long way off. There are plenty of other American cities that want to host the Olympics: Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, Houston, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC. If that weren't enough, the U.S. has to compete with Canada and Mexico for hosting duties when North America gets its turn. Both Toronto, Canada and Guadalahara, Mexico want a future Summer Olympics, and the USA held the last one (Atlanta). North America has to compete with Europe and Asia for hosting turns. With South America getting their first Olympics in 2016, its unlikely that the North America will get one in 2020, especially when some in the IOC have indicated that they would like to see Africa host an Olympics sooner, rather than later. And we can't forget about Australia or New Zealand, where Perth or Auckland might make a bid in the 2020s (2024? 2028?).
So yes, I feel safe saying that Vancouver WA will never host an Olympic games...at least in our lifetime. Or in several lifetimes. Vancouver BC has a better chance of winning a Summer Olympics than Vancouver WA. One city is very telegenic, the other is not.