Boston out, LA to bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Published On March 8, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

Third time’s the charm? Los Angeles will be putting in a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the city announced Thursday according to Yardbarker.

LA played host to the Summer Games in both 1932 and 1984.

“I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” read a letter from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to USOC [United States Olympic Committee] chief Scott Blackmun. “Our City Council passed a resolution of support for a 2024 bid… We proud of our city’s sports heritage and tradition, and we stand ready to work with you to bring the Olympics Games back to the United States.”

In typical LA style, the letter was endorsed by some Hollywood celebrities and athletes including Magic Johnson and Tom Hanks.

Boston was among the other U.S. cities, including Chicago and Detroit, with its name thrown in the ring for the bid, but all three cities then announced that they didn’t have any desire to bid.

The competition will be stiff for Los Angeles, with Paris, Rome, Dubai and South Africa all vying for the title of host city. But don’t hold your breath on finding out whether the Games will return to the U.S., the International Olympic Committee won’t be voting on a city until 2017.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.