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Seattle contemplating a 2024 Games bid

Mar 22, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Along with L.A., San Francisco, Dallas, Tulsa, and maybe Boston, officials in Seattle have answered the USOC’s call and, at the request of Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Sports Commission plans to talk with the USOC about the city’s potential as an Olympic host for the 2024 Games.

“Our answer is yes, and we’re interested in finding out what the next steps are,” Ralph Morton, SSC executive director, told SeattlePI.com.

“It’s a fun discussion. It’s a long discussion, and it will be a thoughtful one. It will ultimately be looked at like a business decision — what is affordable and what is feasible.”

Morton said the SSC wants to keep talks informal, just until they figure out exactly what they’re getting into. But he believes that already standing venues could be upgraded instead of built from scratch, to keep costs down. And that the lasting legacy an Olympics provides a city would be worth the expense.

“Seattle is a world-class city. This is a city that is growing and going places,” Morton added. “We’re a little bit isolated out here, but it’s a happening place.”

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