The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games.
Which city will it pick? Stay tuned.
After hearing presentations from the four candidates Tuesday — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — USOC board members voted to join the race, but not until they have a chance to mull over the candidates during the holidays.
“It’s a four-way tie,” CEO Scott Blackmun said, not diverging from the federation’s closed-lip policy on this yearlong selection process. “We had great presentations, now we have an opportunity to explore how everyone felt about the presentations. We’ll reflect, come back after the holidays and see what’s in the best interest for the United States.”
This was the expected move from a federation that lost badly the last two times it bid for the Games — New York for 2012 and Chicago for 2016 — and hasn’t played host to the Summer Olympics since the Atlanta Games in 1996.
The 2016 Olympics are set for Rio de Janeiro. The 2020 Games, which the United States did not bid for, will be in Tokyo.
America’s chosen city for 2024 will be up against Rome and either Hamburg or Berlin. There will be others in the mix, as well, possibly including Paris, which is expected to announce its intention soon. The Games will be awarded in 2017.
“There are some real good cities lining up,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “It’s going to be a tough race. It’s important to take the time to make the right decision, to find a city that represents a very bold message.”
Blackmun said there were no major changes in the decision-making process that stemmed from the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 — an attempt to streamline the bidding process and make the Olympics less expensive. He and chairman Larry Probst said there was no move to have two cities combine on a bid — a possibility raised in Agenda 2020… see more