POSTED: January 8th 2015

Olympics: Boston gets the USOC selection for the 2024 Summer Games

Boston city skyline mixes modern with American history / Bigstock
Boston city skyline mixes modern with American history / Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has chosen Boston, Massachusetts as its applicant city for the 2024 Olympics bid race. Ironically it is the home of Boston rebel Paul Revere who played a key part in initiating the American Revolution against the British. Boston has deep roots in America history.

The USOC Executive Board made the decision today at a meeting chaired at the Denver airport and the board will now travel to Boston to hold a press teleconference tomorrow morning.

USOC Chairman Larry Probst said, “We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid.

“We’re grateful to the leaders in each of the four cities for their partnership and interest in hosting the most exciting sports competition on earth.

“The deliberative and collaborative process that we put in place for selecting a city has resulted in a strong U.S. bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

USOC has until September 15, 2015 to actually submit the bid to the IOC and the final vote will be held at the IOC session in Lima, Peru in 2017.

“Today’s decision begins the next phase in our 2024 bid campaign, and we couldn’t be more excited about the partnership we’ve established with the leadership team in Boston,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.

“This bid uniquely combines an exciting, athlete-focused concept for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games with Boston’s existing long-term vision.

“We look forward to working with Mayor Walsh and the Boston 2024 team to fully engage with the local community and identify ways we can make the bid even better.”

Boston edged out three other very competitive cities Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. to grab the top honor. Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Games and has left a significant tangible legacy with the LA84 Foundation giving back hundreds of millions of dollars to the local grass roots sports community.

“The Olympic Games are unique in their ability to bring the world together in celebration and unity,” said IOC Executive Board Member Anita DeFrantz who is also in charge of the LA84 Foundation. “I very much want to bring the Games to the United States to share the incredible spirit of the Games with another generation of Americans, and advance the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

Boston can offer a background steeped in American history as one of the oldest cities in the United States blended with futuristic technology and these factors could play a part in the overall attraction of the destination. It is home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a world famous think tank for technology and the esteemed Harvard University. Boston Harbour is the location of the Boston Tea Party protest in 1773 against the British which escalated into the American Revolution.

IOC Member and champion gold medal hockey player who also played with the Boston Blades, Angela Ruggiero, said, “The United States has something unique to offer the athletes of the world and the Olympic and Paralympic movements as a whole.

“I couldn’t be more excited to share Boston’s athlete-focused vision for the Games with my IOC colleagues.”

Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish added, “Today’s selection by the USOC is the beginning of an incredible opportunity for Boston.

“This bid has already provided our many educational institutions, community and business leaders, and elected officials a unique opportunity to collaborate like never before to promote our city to the world. Going forward, Boston 2024 is committed to a thorough and extensive process to discuss the potential opportunity the Olympic and Paralympic Games present our community.

“Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology.

“We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world’s youth.

A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.”

Keywords · Boston 2024 · Olympics · Larry Probst · Scott Blackmun · Anita DeFrantz

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