POSTED: March 6th 2016

Olympics: LA 2024 connects with young Games enthusiasts through live Facebook chat with bid leaders

Olympian swimmer and LA 2024 Vice-Chairman Janet Evans and bid Chairman Casey Wasserman © LA 2024
Olympian swimmer and LA 2024 Vice-Chairman Janet Evans and bid Chairman Casey Wasserman © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A live Q&A video with LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman and Vice Chair, Janet Evans took place last Friday via Facebook. The video chat allowed Chairman Wasserman and Vice Chair Evans a chance to answer questions on LA 2024's Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. Facebook users were able to submit questions to the LA leaders and join the discussion in real time.

Los Angeles is bidding against Rome, Paris and Budapest to host the 2024 summer Games and the final winner will be chosen at the IOC session in Lima, Peru in September of next year.

This is just the latest use of new technology and social media by LA 2024. LA 2024 also announced an innovative collaboration with Snapchat, a global storytelling platform that boasts 100 million daily active users, which range from 13 to 34 years old. The Candidature Committee has demonstrated that they can aid the Olympic Movement in connecting with the social media generation all over the world. Now using the world's largest social media networking site, Facebook gives LA the power and reach to invite fans to Follow The Sun to LA in 2024.

Furthermore, LA 2024's Candidature Committee showcased their commitment to transparency and open dialog through the use of the video chat. In addition, LA 2024 can utilize the wealth of digital innovation expertise that California has to offer to raise support and passion for their bid to host the 2024 Games. The video also comes on the heels of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University's recent poll, which showed that public support for LA 2024 is at 88%.

Chairman Wasserman stated, "In LA, we are fortunate to have technology and innovation right on our doorstep - we are a city on the edge of tomorrow. LA 2024 can offer the ultimate platform to deliver a reimagined Games for the IOC and reinvigorate the Olympic Movement's connection to young audiences worldwide. Today's live Facebook Q&A demonstrates our commitment to transparency and dialog, and I very much enjoyed this opportunity to engage the public about our vision for a new Games for a new era, serving the Olympic Movement in LA, the United States and beyond."

"I personally want to thank all those who submitted questions and engaged in this important conversation about America's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  LA 2024 is drawing on real Californian innovation to help harness the strong local support we already have for an LA Games. The sense of momentum and engagement behind the bid is already really exciting, and it gives a sense of what a warm, enthusiastic welcome athletes from all over the world will receive from Angelenos in 2024 if we have the honor of hosting the Games," expressed LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations and Vice Chair, Janet Evans.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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