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Los Angeles Announces Interest In Hosting 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Max Meyer |
March 7, 2013 | 5:23 p.m. PST

Executive Producer


The Los Angeles Coliseum is where the Summer Olympics took place in 1984. (Mike Quach, Creative Commons)
The Los Angeles Coliseum is where the Summer Olympics took place in 1984. (Mike Quach, Creative Commons)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa notified the United States Olympic Committee that Los Angeles is interested in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games. 

"On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I am pleased to confirm out enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Villaraigosa wrote to USOC. "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 United States has not hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. New York City and Chicago were rejected as host cities for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics Games respectively, and no U.S. city submitted a bid for the 2020 Games. Instead, the International Olympic Committee went with Rio in 2016, and will announce its decision between Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid for the 2020 Games later this year.

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Los Angeles has hosted twice before, in 1932 and 1984. If Los Angeles lands this bid, it will tie London for the most Summer Olympic Games hosted with three. 

The USOC sent out letters to the mayors of 35 U.S. cities asking about potentially hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles is the only city to announce its interest so far. Other U.S. cities are expected to place bids as well, like New York. So far, only Chicago and Detroit have declined a bid. 

The decision on the 2024 hosting city will not be made by the IOC until 2017. 


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