Jun 13, 2014 6:52 PM by Greg Smith
Four U.S. cities are in competition for a possible bid to host the Olympics in 2024.
A knowledgeable but unauthorized source said four cities will continue to be evaluated for their viability by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Those cities are: Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and Washington DC.
Over the next six months, the USOC will decide if it wants to put forth a bid, and if it does, which city it will nominate.
While Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice, first in 1932 and then again in 1984, this would be the first time for the other three cities.
The International Olympic Committee will vote in 2017 to decide the host, seven years before the 2024 games.
New York City and Philadelphia did not pursue a bid this time, and it seems that San Diego and Dallas have already been eliminated by the US Olympic Committee.
While several members of the International Olympic Committee have expressed interest in bringing the Olympics to a city in Africa for the first time, many in the U.S. feel that this is an optimal time to submit a U.S. bid.
Any U.S. city will face fierce competition from around the world, going up against possible cities such as Rome, Istanbul, and even Casablanca, Morocco, which started construction on a new stadium in 2011 in preparation for the coming 2017 vote.