Editor's note: This article is a revision of a previous version that mentioned that the United State Olympic Committee had not officially listed its shortlist of candidate cities.
Courtesy of: Erin McDaniel
Courtesy of: Erin McDaniel
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 13. THE U.S. Olympic Committee named four cities that are on the shortlist for consideration as the official American candidate city for the bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., are the four cities still in the running. San Diego and Dallas had been part of the conversation in the past year, but those cities are out of the running. New York City and Philadelphia had also expressed interest, but withdrew recently.
The USOC held a board meeting on Tuesday in Boston, which the organization said had no bearing on Boston's status as a potential candidate city during a conference call with the press that day. The USOC said during the conference call that the number of cities had been whittled down, but did not name the cities in contention at that time.
Los Angeles is the only city in the reported shortlist to have Olympic hosting experience. The second-largest U.S. city hosted the Games in 1932 and 1984, both with rousing success. The 1984 Games was notable for the boycott of the Eastern Bloc countries as a response to the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games.
San Francisco was a possibility for hosting the 2012 Olympics, but lost out to New York City as the official candidate bid. Boston and Washington, D.C., will be entering their first forays into bidding to host the Olympics.
Los Angeles might be viewed as the frontrunner for the USOC because of its abundance of existing sport venues. In aquatics, for example, the pools that hosted the 1932 and 1984 swimming events are still in existence, with the 1984 venue getting a multimillion-dollar upgrade this year. The 1932 venue might be a viable water polo and synchronized swimming facility.
Los Angeles' previous hosting duties could also be seen as a mark against it, as the International Olympic Committee just awarded London its third shot at hosting the Olympics for 2012, and is giving it to Tokyo in 2020 for its second time. Many have speculated that the 2024 Games would go to a first-time city.
The other three cities fall short in terms of existing aquatics facilities of Olympic scope, but could present sketches of a new center that would likely boost aquatic participation in either city.
The USOC plans to name the official candidate city in the next 12 months. The IOC will name the host of the 2024 Summer Olympics in 2017. Other cities interested in hosting include previous hosts Rome, Paris and Berlin. Hamburg, Germany, is also a reported city interested in the hosting gig.
Full press release from the USOC:
Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were today identified by the United States Olympic Committee as candidates for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"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 decision came after a 16-month process that began with the USOC reaching out to approximately 35 U.S. cities to gauge interest in a bid. USOC leaders then spent the last six months focusing on discussions with a smaller group of interested cities that met the initial requirements of hosting the world's largest sporting event.
"Simplifying the domestic bid process has been a major priority for us," said Blackmun. "We were able to have exploratory conversations with a greater number of cities while avoiding unnecessary costs. We're hopeful that through this new process, we can be successful in hosting the Games on U.S. soil, and in turn, have our nation and the world be inspired once again by all of the positive aspects that are truly unique to the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
From here, the USOC will continue in-depth discussions with each of the cities. In early December, the International Olympic Committee Extraordinary Session will take place, during which time the Olympic Agenda 2020, which will shape the future of the Olympic Movement, will be finalized. Following that meeting -- likely in early 2015 -- the USOC will make a decision on whether or not to bid, and will select a city if a bid is pursued.
The IOC deadline for 2024 bid submissions will likely be in 2015, while the selection of a host city will be made in 2017.
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.