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Potential U.S. bid for 2024 Olympics could come from limited number of cities

Sep 11, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst said that if the U.S. decides next year to bid on the 2024 Olympics, it will come from “not a long list of cities, realistically.”

“I think it’s got to be a city that is compelling to people around the world, that resonates with all of the IOC membership,” Probst told The Associated Press after being voted in as an International Olympic Committee member in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday.

In February, the USOC sent letters to mayors of 35 cities to gauge interest in potential bids for 2024. The U.S. hasn’t hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. It is in the midst of its longest stretch between hosting Olympics since the 28-year gap between 1932 (Los Angeles, Summer) and 1960 (Squaw Valley, Winter).

Cities that expressed interest from the group of 35 include Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Probst said 2024 Olympic bidding will be talked about at USOC meetings in December, when a timetable for the selection of a city could be created. Bidding for the 2024 Olympic host begins in 2015, and the IOC will vote in 2017.

“First step is we have to decide that we are going to move forward and we have to go through a process of which city gives us the best chance,” Probst told the AP.

Probst didn’t think Tokyo’s win over Istanbul and Madrid for the 2020 Olympics “changes the calculation” for potential 2024 plans.

Asia will have hosted back-to-back Olympics in 2018 and 2020. The 2022 Winter Games host will be determined in 2015. Barcelona, Munich and Oslo have considered bids, but Almaty, Kazakhstan, is the only official application so far.

For 2024, Paris and Rome have been looked at as potential bidders.

From 2004 through 2020, Europe and Asia will have hosted seven of nine Olympics. Africa has never hosted, Australia last hosted in 2000, Rio de Janeiro will be the first South American host in 2016 and Vancouver held the 2010 Winter Games.

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  1. eltex - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    The only city that really works for the Olympics is Austin. The other cities just have too many issues to successfully host the Olympics. The downside is Austin is busy giving away the bank to other entities, such as F1, Apple and Samsung.

    One other thing. The olympics will likely wreck the local economy no matter which city hosts the event. There is almost no upside to hosting. London just had an olympics, and the world doesn’t view them any differently now than before the games. I say US cities should boycott and not bid for any future games.

    • scottgrichard - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      that is just insane. Austin does not have the infrastructure to support the Olympics. if you think traffic is bad now, wait til the Olympics arrive. They do not even have the hotel capacity. They would need to build more and then they would be vacant. Dallas or Houston make the most sense from a logistics perspective and then use the other cities in Texas as places to hold certain events (i.e. Austin for Cycling events)

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