Denver. It seems like snowy, mountainous Denver would be the perfect place to host an Olympics—it’s half gorgeous, well-maintained city, and half winter sports playground. And yet the Mile High City has never hosted the Winter Olympics—although it was granted the 1976 iteration. The planning committee spent so much money in the early ’70s in preparing for the Olympics that they had to put an emergency funding bond measure to voters…who rejected it. Denver had no choice but to pull out. The International Olympic Committee then offered the 1976 Winter Olympics to another great spot, Whistler, British Columbia. They said no, too, and the games eventually took place in Innsbruck, Austria.