PHOENIX, Arizona, February 19. COULD the Olympics be coming back to the United States? Although the US Olympic Committee failed to secure bids for New York in 2012 and Chicago in 2016, the Committee may renew its attempts, setting its sights on the 2024 Olympics.
The USOC sent letters to the majors of 35 US cities to gauge interest in hosting the event. Dallas, Tulsa, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles have already expressed their interest, as reported by NBC Olympic Talk.
“Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership,” Scott Blackmun, CEO of the USOC, wrote in the letter.
In order to host the event, cities must have 45,000 hotel rooms, an international airport, public transportation, public transit and at least a 200,000-person workforce.
Before US Olympic fans get their hopes up, however, also included in the letter was the caveat:
“This letter does not guarantee that the USOC will bid for the 2024 Games, but rather is an initial step in evaluating a potential bid.”
In a biased side note, Phoenix, Arizona, was one of the cities that received a letter from the USOC. All of us here at Swimming World Magazine would love to see the Olympics come to the Sonoran Desert!
Read the full story (including the complete list of cities that received the letter from the USOC) at: NBC Olympic Talk