#LA2024

It’s time for another special post focusing on one of my favorite things to talk about — mega-events!

Today was the last day that national Olympic committees could send their respective applicant cities to the International Olympic Committee for consideration to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The United States originally selected Boston, which beat out Los Angeles, to host the event, but Boston ended up dropping its bid due to how unpopular it was with the people who lived there. Los Angeles continued to express interest in the bid and was finally chosen after an agreement was made that, if selected, the city would actually pursue the games.

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Now, Los Angeles is in the running along with four cities from Europe: Rome, Hamburg, Paris, and Budapest. Let’s take a look at these a little closer.

Los Angeles, USA
Number of Olympics hosted by city: 2
Years of previous Olympics hosted by city: Summer 1932, Summer 1984
Number of Olympics hosted by country: 8
Last Olympics in country: Salt Lake City 2002
Last Summer Olympics in country: Atlanta 1996

Paris, France
Number of Olympics hosted by city: 2
Years of previous Olympics hosted by city: Summer 1900, Summer 1924
Number of Olympics hosted by country: 5
Last Olympics in country: Albertville 1992
Last Summer Olympics in country: Paris 1924

Rome, Italy
Number of Olympics hosted by city: 1
Years of previous Olympics hosted by city: Summer 1960
Number of Olympics hosted by country: 3
Last Olympics in country: Turin 2006
Last Summer Olympics in country: Rome 1960

Hamburg, Germany
Number of Olympics hosted by city: 0
Years of previous Olympics hosted by city: N/A
Number of Olympics hosted by country: 3 (2 as Nazi Germany, 1 as West Germany)
Last Olympics in country: Munich 1972 (as West Germany)
Last Summer Olympics in country: Munich 1972 (as West Germany)

Budapest, Hungary
Number of Olympics hosted by city: 0
Years of previous Olympics hosted by city: N/A
Number of Olympics hosted by country: 0
Last Olympics in country: N/A
Last Summer Olympics in country: N/A

Hamburg and Budapest have never hosted the Olympics, Rome has hosted once, and both Los Angeles and Paris have hosted twice already. Rome was originally awarded the 1908 Summer Olympics, but the games moved to London after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 1906. The German Empire was originally awarded the 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin, but the event was canceled due to World War II. If either Los Angeles or Paris is selected as the host city, it will be the second time, after London, in which a city has hosted the summer games thrice.

I may be biased, but I think Los Angeles would be an amazing choice since we already have many of the stadiums and facilities needed to host the games. It isn’t as costly as other cities who have to create completely new structures from the ground up. I also think that this will help fast-track changes in transportation infrastructure and I see more motivation to develop the Metro system further. Los Angeles has such a diverse population that it’s the perfect stage to host a mega-event in which the international community comes together to showcase their best athletes.

Honestly, I would love to be a part of the process developing the Olympics for this city and I am so excited to see where this leads. I was a little saddened when I learned that Boston defeated Los Angeles for the national bid, but I guess second chances do exist and I think that’s even more motivation to make sure things are right for our international competition.

Los Angeles recently released a video to build hype around the Olympics and it’s just a nice showcase that only hits the surface of how amazing this city is.

Now that the five applicant cities have been announced, each city has about two years to develop its bid further and show the IOC that it is the best choice to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The final decision will be announced in Lima, Peru in September 2017. Here we go!

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