United States to bid for 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

December 17, 2014

Athletics, Did you know?, International

United States to bid for 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

By United States Olympic Committee (USOC)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.

The decision came after representatives from each of the four cities presented plans to the USOC board of directors following six months of collaborative discussions regarding the technical elements required to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Those discussions will continue in the weeks ahead as the USOC moves toward announcing a candidate city.

“We are excited to announce our plans to put forth a bid for the 2024 Games and look forward to taking the next step of selecting from a group of four world-class cities to present a compelling and successful bid,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “We’re grateful to the civic and political leaders in each of the four cities for the partnership that’s been demonstrated thus far, and confident that the deliberative process we’ve put in place is going to result in a strong U.S. bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

“All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “At our request, and because of the preliminary nature of our discussions, the cities have not spoken about their bids publicly in great detail. That will be an important part of the process after we make our selection in January.”

The International Olympic Committee’s deadline for 2024 bid submissions is Sept. 15, 2015, with the host city to be determined in 2017. The timeline for the 2024 bidding process was announced during the IOC Extraordinary Session in early December, during which time the Olympic Agenda 2020 was finalized. Among the 40 recommendations – which were all unanimously approved – the reform package allows for a more flexible and cost-effective bidding process.

The U.S. has not hosted the summer edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 1996 (Atlanta). St. Louis hosted in 1904 and Los Angeles held the Games in both 1932 and 1984.

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USOC selects 4 U.S. Bid Cities

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Boston
Boston

2013 Metropolitan Population
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT 8,041,303
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Video: Boston’s Bid 2024

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Los Angeles
Los Angeles

2013 Metropolitan Population
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA 18,351,929

San Francisco
San Francisco

2013 Metropolitan Population
Release Date: March 27, 2014
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA 8,469,854

Washington
Washington

2013 Metropolitan Population
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA 9,443,180
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Video: Washington’s Bid 2024

Atlanta in 1996
Six cities submitted bids to host the 1996 Summer Olympics (formally known as Games of the XXVI Olympiad), which were awarded to Atlanta, on September 18, 1990.

The Metropolitan Population of Atlanta in 1990 was 2,959,950. In 1996 the metropolitan population of Atlanta was 3,541,230

2013 Metropolitan Population
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Atlanta–Athens-Clarke County–Sandy Springs, GA 6,162,195
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Video: Atlanta is awarded the 1996 Olympic Games

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Rio 2016
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil, after São Paulo with a metropolitan population of 20,284,891.

Metropolitan Population
Rio de Janeiro 12,090,607
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Video: Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games

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