LA’s Olympic Bid

Going for the Gold 2016

The last time the Olympics were held in the United States was in 2002 in Salt Lake City. The last Summer Games held in the United States were in Atlanta in 1996.

This year’s games will be held in Rio and in 2020, they will be in Tokyo.

The host city for the 2024 Games has not been decided yet, but Los Angeles really wants to win the bid.

“Our city is already home to more than 1,000 Paralympians and Olympians,” City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Our city has a long and proven commitment to this movement and what it is all about. It’s about changing lives for those who participate, as well as those who come.”

Los Angeles first hosted the Summer Games in 1932, then again in 1984.

The city is in the running to host the games in 2024, along with Budapest, Paris and Rome.

“One question, do we have a sustainable bid?” Angela Ruggiero, a member of the LA 2024 Board of Trustees, said. “Well, as you know, 97% of the venues that LA needs for the games in 2024 already exist. They are being planned or they’ll be temporary.”

Los Angeles put in a bid for this year’s games 10 years ago. However, the United States Olympic Committee instead chose Chicago as its applicant city.

If Los Angeles wins the bid for the 2024 Games, it will be just the second city to host the Olympics three times after London.

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis would like to see that happen.

“Every time I come to this city, I’m just swept away by the river of emotions from the ’84 games,” Lewis said. “I have not spent one day in Los Angeles without someone walking up to me and saying ‘I remember the games, I went to the games, I saw the games.’ So it still sits in the fabric of every single person who lives in this city.”

Bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games started last year. The host city will be announced in September 2017.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games will air on WETM August 5 through August 21.

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