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USOC to consider 2024 or 2026 Olympic Games bid

By Associated Press | July 03, 2012, 5 p.m. (ET)
Opening Ceremony 2010

DENVER (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee will not bid for the 2022 Winter Games, but instead explore possible bids for either the 2024 Summer or 2026 Winter Olympics.

In a meeting Tuesday, the USOC board decided to hold off on bidding for the next available Olympics because going for the 2022 Games would put the federation on a fast timeline. A bid for those games would be due in the fall of 2013.

Last week, an exploratory committee in Denver recommended the city move forward on plans for a 2022 bid.

Earlier this year, the USOC removed a major roadblock for another bid when it resolved a long-simmering feud over revenue sharing with the International Olympic Committee.

One of the major questions the USOC must decide is whether to go for a Summer Games, widely viewed as more prestigious and harder to land, or a Winter Olympics, where the bidding is less competitive.

The United States hasn't hosted a Summer Games since 1996 or a Winter Games since 2002, meaning there will be at least a 22-year gap between games on U.S. soil.

The U.S. has been embarrassed during its last two attempts to land the Olympics. New York finished fourth of five finalists when it tried for the 2012 Games, which start in London this month. Chicago finished last in bidding for the 2016 Games, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro. When Chicago lost, the USOC was widely criticized as contributing heavily to the loss because of its poor international reputation. 

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