Four U.S. cities included on 2024 Olympics short list

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The US is an underdog as a potential host for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but they’re in the race. The US is seemingly considered for every Olympics event, yet rarely selected. The Boston Globe reported the four US cities have made a short list for the potential host candidates of the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Los Angles, San Francisco and Washington will all be in the running, according to the Globe’s Mark Arsenault.

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San Diego and Dallas have been eliminated.

The US has hosted the most Olympic games in history with eight total, four winter games (1904, 1932, 1984, 1996) and four summer games (1932, 1950, 1980, 2002). The next highest host country is France, which has hosted five games, followed by Japan with four, and a long list of nations tied at three.

The US is an obvious choice for the Olympics, as we have the climate that can host both the summer and winter games. We also have extensive amounts of stadiums ready for use. However, with our total currently towering over the other nations, it is unlikely the US will be selected for the 2024 summer games.

The USOC will spend roughly the next six to eight months performing “due diligence” on the cities that made its short list. During that time, the committee will determine if any of those cities are capable of putting together a winning bid.

“It’s going to be making sure that the cities have the land and the buildings and the wherewithal and the consensus to do what they said they can do,” Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive, told reporters on Tuesday, via The Boston Globe. “It’s a lot of land planning, it’s a lot of discussion around the host city contract, around the terms of our joint venture with each city.”