LA Officially Launches Bid for 2024 Olympics

Framed by two huge palm trees under sunny blue skies with the beach and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, supported with a unanimous 15-0 vote by LA’s City Council. This attempt, if successful, would bring the Summer Olympics back to the US for the first time in 28 years, and the third time in LA (1932 and 1984 being prior).

Joining Garcetti in making the announcement at Santa Monica’s Annenberg Beach House were USOC Chairman Larry Probst, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman and numerous Olympians and Paralympians, including Janet Evans, Greg Louganis, Oscar de la Hoya, Peter Vidmar, Brian Clay, Jessica Hardy, and coach Tommy Lasorda. Legendary sportscaster Al Michaels served as the master of ceremonies.

The environmentally sustainable bid puts the athletes’ experience at the heart of the Games. LA 2024’s plan is based on the core principles of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Agenda 2020 with 85 percent of proposed venues in place or planned and five primary venue clusters all within 30 minutes of the proposed Athletes’ Village.

“Today, I am proud to officially launch our bid in partnership with the USOC as we aim to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the U.S. for the first time in 28 years,” said Mayor Garcetti. “It is an honor for any city to host the Olympic Games, and Los Angeles is uniquely prepared for this task. With the unanimous support of our City Council, we are ready to serve and strengthen the Olympic Movement and build a new Olympic legacy.”

“LA is a truly Olympic city,” said Wasserman. “Olympism is deeply rooted in the culture here and it is part of our DNA. We live and breathe sport and this is reflected in the vast amount of sports infrastructure we already have. We are very fortunate to be in the position to have so many world-class venues available to us as it has allowed us to develop a sustainable plan that aligns with the city’s long term vision and the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020.”

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