POSTED: April 9th 2016
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Florida Olympians and Paralympians given opportunity to contribute to Los Angeles 2024 Games Plan

Olympians and Paralympians gather to discuss the LA 2024 Bid Concept © LA 2024
Olympians and Paralympians gather to discuss the LA 2024 Bid Concept © LA 2024

Athletes come up with suggestions for LA 2024 Games © LA 2024
Athletes come up with suggestions for LA 2024 Games © LA 2024

Discussion between Olympians and Paralympians about LA 2024 Games Plan © LA 2024
Discussion between Olympians and Paralympians about LA 2024 Games Plan © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans led an LA 2024 delegation to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday. They held the first in a series of Athlete Town Hall meetings that will take place across the United States (US) with Olympians Paralympians. The meetings are designed to help grow the national support for the bid and ensure that all International and American athletes in the US can contribute to the bid process. LA 2024 wants to create a state-of-the-art, personalized experience for both Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The working session brought together over 30 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, thanks to LA 2024 working closely with the US Olympian and Paralympian Association's (USOPA) Florida chapter. This effort further proves LA 2024's commitment to putting the athletes' at the heart of its bid. Florida's Olympians and Paralympians had the opportunity to brainstorm ways to aid LA 2024 in promoting values of Olympism and sport to young people across the US and the world, along with representing and supporting the interests and rights in the bid decision-making process. They also were able to review venues, provide broad feedback on all bid activities, and help further develop the LA 2024 Games Concept.

"We couldn't have hoped for a more successful and productive kick-off to our effort to gather input on LA 2024's Games Plan from Olympians and Paralympians from across the United States. Just last month we unveiled the 53 Olympians and Paralympians who make up LA 2024's Athletes' Advisory Commission, but we have known from the beginning that putting athletes at the center of our bid requires more. Nobody understands the importance of athlete experience better than athletes, and that's why we are hitting the road, and engaging Olympians and Paralympians from all the corners of this country to help build the most state-of-the-art, personalized Games experience ever," expressed LA 2024 Vice Chair, Janet Evans.

USOPA President, Gary Hall Sr. stated,  "It's not surprising that more than 1000 Olympians and Paralympians choose to live and train in LA. From the City of Angels' idyllic weather to its wealth of world-class sports venues to its unique ability to harness innovation and creativity, LA is perfectly poised to provide the optimal athlete experience in 2024. We are excited to partner with LA 2024 as we carefully gather the input of Olympians and Paralympians from all across the country. Thursday's Town Hall meeting provided insights that will help LA 2024 harness its rich sporting tradition to best serve athletes - it set an excellent tone for the Town Halls coming up in the near future."

** 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 www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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