And then there were four.
Four cities remain in the running to be a host city for a potential U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Following a United States Olympic Committee board meeting earlier this week, the four cities that are in the hunt are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games, said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024.”
“We would like to express our gratitude to the cities of Dallas and San Diego, which will not be moving forward in the bid process,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “Dallas had a great bid and matching leadership, along with a well-established sporting community. We have no doubt about the ability of Dallas to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and look forward to working with them in the future to enhance the international awareness of the city. Also, we very much appreciate the high-quality proposal from San Diego, a city that truly embraces sport and has a long history of supporting Team USA. Both of these world-class cities are committed to working with the USOC to enhance the Olympic Movement in the United States.”
The International Olympic Committee will be accepting bids for the Games in 2015 and the decision is expected to be made in 2017.
The United States last hosted the Games in 2002 for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The last summer edition of the Games on U.S. soil were in Atlanta in 1996.
The USOC held its quarterly board meeting earlier this week but held off until now to announce the short-listed cities so that it could reach out to each city individually. In addition to examining each of these American cities, the USOC is paying close attention to the Olympic Agenda 2020, which could change the process for hosting the Olympic Games. The Olympic Agenda 2020 is a plan headed by IOC president Thomas Bach to determine the direction of the Olympic Movement that will be finalized in December.
The IOC will hold an executive board meeting July 7-9 in Lausanne, Switzerland, to decide which applicant cities for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games will be accepted as candidate cities. No U.S. city is in the running for 2022.
Here’s a look at the four cities (in alphabetical order) that are still in play for the U.S. bid city for the 2024 Games.
Tourist Attractions: Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, Old North Church, Harvard University
Major Sporting Venues: Fenway Park, TD Garden, Gillette Stadium
Notable Sports Events Held in City: Boston Marathon, Head of the Charles
Homegrown Olympians: Tenley Albright, Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Aly Raisman
Main industries: Biotech; education
- Los Angeles
Population*: 3.8 million
Tourist Attractions: Hollywood Sign, Walk of Fame, The Grove, Universal Studio, Disneyland, Rodeo Drive
Major Sporting Venues: Staples Center, StubHub Center, Rose Bowl, Honda Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodger Stadium
Notable Sports Events Held In City: Olympic Games (1932, 1984), FIFA World Cup Final
Homegrown Olympians: Michelle Kwan, Venus and Serena Williams, Janet Evans
Main Industry: Entertainment
- San Francisco
Tourist Attractions: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cable Cars, Lombard Street
Major Sporting Venues: Levi’s Stadium, Oracle Arena, O.co Coliseum, AT&T Park
Notable Sports Events Held in City: Bay to Breakers, America’s Cup
Homegrown Olympians: Peggy Fleming, Kristi Yamaguchi, Natalie Coughlin, Kerri Walsh Jennings
Main industry: Technology
- Washington, D.C.
Tourist Attractions: The White House, The Capitol, Washington Monument, Smithsonian, The Mall, National Zoo, Cherry Blossoms
Major Sporting Venues: FedEx Field, Verizon Center, Nationals Park
Notable Sports Events Held in City: Marine Corps Marathon, Citi Open
Homegrown Olympians: Dominique Dawes, LaShawn Merritt, Kevin Durant, Katie Ledecky
Main industry: Politics
*Note: Population as of 2012
Amy Rosewater is a freelance writer and editor for TeamUSA.org. A former sports reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, she covered her fifth Olympic Games in Sochi. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.