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Los Angeles Among Four U.S. Cities Vying For Potential U.S. 2024 Summer Olympics:

Los Angeles will be among four cities making final presentations to the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors in Redwood City today to be the potential U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Groups from Boston, San Francisco and Washington will also make bids.

The U.S. Olympic Committee could decide today to make a bid for the 2024 Olympics and select the U.S. candidate, but the city selection could come in the next 30 to 60 days, the Orange County Register reported.

“We’re currently considering four world-class U.S. cities for a potential U.S. bid,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. “Each has demonstrated that they’re capable of hosting a great Olympic and Paralympic Games and we’re grateful to the civic and political leadership of each city for participating in this important process.”

The four finalists were selected after a 16-month process that began with the USOC reaching out to approximately 35 U.S. cities to gauge interest in a bid.

Mayor Eric Garcetti will be part of the Los Angeles group.

“I look forward to meeting with the USOC Board of Directors to discuss our bold vision for a sustainable, affordable and inspiring games that will directly benefit our community,” Garcetti said.

The International Olympic Committee will select the host city for both the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2017.

The U.S. did not make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Tokyo in 2013. Los Angeles sought to be the U.S. candidate to host the 2016 Games, but was beaten by Chicago, whose bid was rejected by the International Olympic Committee in favor of Rio de Janeiro.

Los Angeles is seeking to join London as the only cities to host the Summer Olympics three times. Los Angeles was the site of the 1932 and 1984 Games.

The Summer Olympics were last held in the U.S. in 1996, when Atlanta was the site.

“An entire generation of athletes in this country has not had the incredible opportunity to witness the Games in America and I’m very hopeful that we’ll be able to submit a bid next year and attempt to bring the games back to the U.S.,” Blackmun said.

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