POSTED: July 25th 2014

USOC takes bidding one step further with Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington

Los Angeles hosted the 1984 and the 1932 Games and is the only city to have staged the Olympics of the four / Bigstock
Los Angeles hosted the 1984 and the 1932 Games and is the only city to have staged the Olympics of the four / Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) held a bid briefing today in Colorado Springs for the four cities vying for the US nod as it carries out its domestic process to choose a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington were designated in June after a 16 month process that included outreach to approximately 35 cities.

The main topic of the gathering today was to have discussions regarding the technical elements required to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

USOC President Larry Probst said, “I’d like to thank each city’s civic and political leadership for the commitment they have shown to our process thus far.

“Our discussions this week have created a foundation for something that could be truly unique. There is a great deal of work left to do before we can make a decision, but I’m more optimistic than ever that a U.S. bid for the 2024 Games can be successful.”

Four attendees attended on behalf of each city and they included Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“This week marks another important milestone as we evaluate whether the time is right to bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “We’ve tried to create a thoughtful and deliberate process and I think everyone involved believes we’re getting closer to a decision.

“Each city has necessarily evaluated how hosting a Games in its community fits into the long-term plans for that city, but equally exciting to me is the universal commitment to making a positive contribution to worldwide sport and the Olympic and Paralympic movements. That’s something I truly believe a Games hosted in the U.S. can do and I’m excited about the potential.”

The meeting at the USOC headquarters was scheduled after a team of executives made visits to each of the four cities to view on site what each one has to offer.

The USOC is watching how the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms play out in early December in Monaco at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Extraordinary Session before they make a decision. Depending on the outcome of this meeting the USOC will decide whether to throw a hat in the bidding ring or not.

Thinking ahead the IOC call for applicants is likely to be next year as the decision will be made for the 2024 city in 2017 and there is a process of several stages that must be respected.  

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