US announces bid to host 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Tuesday.

Host cities under consideration are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC. The U.S. bid city will be selected in early 2015, while the International Olympic Committee will determine the host city in 2017.

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"We are excited to announce our plans to put forth a bid for the 2024 Games and look forward to taking the next step in identifying a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling and successful bid," USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a press release.

"We have the opportunity to play an important role in the future development of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, while hosting a Games that serve the athletes and the worldwide Olympic and Paralympic family. We greatly appreciate the partnership that each of the four remaining cities has demonstrated thus far, and we are confident that we are on the right track," he added.

The U.S. last hosted the summer edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. It hosted the winter edition in Salt Lake City in 2002. The U.S. has hosted four summer editions and four winter editions, more than any other country.

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"An entire generation of Americans has not had the opportunity to witness the amazing spectacle of an Olympic and Paralympic Games on home soil, and we believe it's important to bring the Games back to the United States to ensure the lasting strength of the movements," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "We believe the Games can play an incredibly positive role on the long-term development of an American city and we're excited to participate in that process."