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City leaders meet with U.S. Olympic officials

  • IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NRG ENERGY - NRG Energy's Solar Terrace at the Levi's Stadium Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo by George Nikitin/Invision for NRG Energy/AP Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

Among those attending were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Giants owner Larry Baer helped represent San Francisco, and bid chairman Russ Ramsey was there for Washington.

These were low-key meetings, in keeping with the USOC’s overall strategy as it decides whether to bid for 2024 and, if so, which city would have the best chance of winning.

The USOC will decide whether to bid by early next year.

The Olympics will be awarded in 2017, with Paris, Rome, Istanbul and Doha among the other possible bidders.

What an Olympics might look like in each of the four cities:

LOS ANGELES

Venues: The only city of the four to have hosted an Olympics (1932, 1984), Los Angeles hopes to renovate the Coliseum. Downtown L.A. would host about half the events; the organizing committee says it can transport about 80 percent of spectators via an expanded metro rail system and other public transportation.

Climate: Temperatures in July and August hover between 75 and 85 . After Beijing, it will be hard to complain about smog, but it does exist in Los Angeles.

Advantages: They’ve done this before and those in the IOC with long memories certainly credit Los Angeles for reviving the Olympic movement with its successful 1984 Games.


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