Feb 23, 2014; Fireworks following the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles one step closer to hosting 3rd Summer Olympics in 2024


The Summer Olympics could be making their third stop in Los Angeles a decade from now.

The United States Olympic Committee released a statement Friday afternoon that LA made the short list, along with Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as a potential candidate for the United States’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city, with endless diversity, attractions and scenic beauty. I look forward to working with the USOC to ensure we present the strongest possible bid for our nation.” -LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles previously hosted the Games in 1932 and 1984. The city turned a $200-million profit in 1984, making it the most financially successful Games in history. Those games also saw Carl Lewis win four gold medals in track and field, and Mary Lou Retton become the first non-Eastern European gymnast to win the all-around competition.

The four cities emerged from a group of 35 locales the USOC originally contacted. They went through a 16-month process of meeting certain initial requirements, which included six months of discussions between the USOC and cities that returned the organization’s interest.

Per the press release, a decision on whether the USOC even submits a bid will come in early 2015–after the International Olympic Committee meets in December. From there, a city will be chosen before the deadline later that year and the IOC will decide sometime in 2017.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti backed his city’s inclusion:

I’m very pleased that the United States Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as a finalist to bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city, with endless diversity, attractions and scenic beauty. I look forward to working with the USOC to ensure we present the strongest possible bid for our nation.

According to the LA Times, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games erroneously posted their private bid plans on the internet, revealing blueprints to revamp the Coliseum and construct a downtown Olympic village across from the river.

The last two American attempts to land the Games–New York 2012 and Chicago 2016–fell on deaf ears as the IOC selected London and Rio de Janeiro, respectively. The U.S. hasn’t hosted a Summer Games since they came to Atlanta in 1996.

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