POSTED: May 4th 2017

Olympics: Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky weigh in on the 'Legends' video series for LA 2024

LA's video series highlights local legends and their favorite sporting venues © LA 2024
LA's video series highlights local legends and their favorite sporting venues © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today the Los Angeles Olympic bid for 2024 released the fourth and final episode of the bid's "Legends of LA" video series that features LA 2024 Vice Chair Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Olympic ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky. 

Los Angeles is bidding against Paris to host the summer Games and the IOC is set to choose its final city in September this year.

The two sports stars focused on The Forum which has been home to the 1984 Olympic Basketball competition, the NBA's LA Lakers and NHL's LA Kings who have been on home ice for 32 years. The iconic arena had a facelift and reopened in 2014 and has staged numerous world class sports and entertainment events in its 17,500-seat auditorium.

Both athletes played there professionally and if LA 2024 wins the IOC nod to host the Games, The Forum would stage the gymnastics competitions reinforcing the bid's plan to use existing venues for the Olympics.

Basketball star and LA 2024 Vice Chair Earvin "Magic" Johnson said, "[The Forum] is going to supply every athlete the energy they need to play at their highest level and at their best. The crowd feels a part of the game, and the athletes feed off that energy from the crowd."

Olympic ice hockey great Wayne Gretzky added, "As a child, you've got to have dreams and you've got to have goals. Olympic athletes are so inspiring to young kids. I don't think that there's anything more inspiring than to compete against the greatest athletes in the world, on one stage together.

"You can't take away the atmosphere and the history that [The Forum] has." 

The "Legends of LA' video series was created to feature local Olympians such as Carl Lewis, Kobe Bryant and Cobi Jones reminiscing about their most memories of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, STAPLES Center, and StubHub Center respectively. The videos have been spread out on social media and are the bid team's effort to connect the Olympic and Paralympic Movements with the younger generation.

The city enjoys a high level of world class sporting events across a number of sports keeping the local fan base constantly searching for more. The LA84 Foundation that was a legacy from the 1984 Games on the other hand has given back millions of dollars to grassroots sports in Southern California helping to foster young athletes and perpetuate the love of sport that is intrinsic to a city seeking to host the Games for a third time.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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