Mar 7, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT
Chicago and Detroit have officially bowed out from bidding on the 2024 Olympics, and Boston is probably done as well. But Los Angeles made their desire to host a third Olympics official Thursday, as outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a passionate letter to USOC chief Scott Blackmun.
“I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the letter read. “Our City Council passed a resolution of support for a 2024 bid… We are proud of our city’s sports heritage and tradition, and we stand ready to work with you to bring the Olympic Games back to the United States.”
The council’s resolution and a letter of support signed by notable athletes and celebrities like Magic Johnson, Tom Hanks, Barry Sanders, Janet Evans, Willie Banks, and other was included in the packet.
Last month, 35 American mayors received a letter from the USOC asking if their cities would be interested in submitting a bid for the 2024 Games. The USOC failed to secure bids in New York in 2012 and Chicago in 2016 due to rights disputes with the IOC that have since been negotiated.
The U.S. is considered a strong contender to host, but it will be up against Paris, Rome, Dubai, Doha, and Durban, South Africa. It’s still early in the process, though, since the final IOC vote isn’t until 2017.
Los Angeles hosted America’s most successful Games back in 1984, when the nation earned 83 gold medals amid a boycott from the Soviet Union, Cuba, and East Germany. The city also hosted the 1932 Games, which was similarly skipped by many nations, but only because of the Great Depression.
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