I know 2024 seems far away, but the International Olympic Committee has already accepted bids for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Five cities have submitted their bid so far, including Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and Budapest. Even though LA is 2416.5 miles from Jacksonville, it is still much closer than all the other cities, so we’re holding out for another U.S. city winning the bid.
According to Chris Murphy of CNN, LA stepped in to replace Boston in July after the city failed to attract majority support from local residents. The city has held the Olympics twice, in 1932 and 1984, and the last time the Olympics were held on U.S. soil was 1996, in Atlanta.
The U.S. Olympic Committee supported Los Angeles after claiming an “environmentally sustainable bid” that would use many existing venues, as opposed to building new ones.
Rome has only hosted the Games once, in 1960. Due to economic issues, they were forced to pull their bid for the 2020 Games.
The city of love, Paris, was the favorite for the 2012 Games until London put in their bid. It also failed with bids for the 1992 and 2008 Olympics. In its extensive history, the Olympics have only been held in Paris twice, in 1900 and 1924. If it is chosen, it will be only the second city to host the Games three times, London being the first to do so.
Budapest has bid unsuccessfully for the Olympics on five occasions, the last coming in 1960. Of the 10 most successful medal-winning countries in Olympics history, Hungary is the only one never to have hosted the Games. Hamburg could soon withdraw their submission, as they are holding a referendum on its participation in November, but if its residents vote no, it will pull out of the running. The last time Germany hosted the Olympics was in Munich in 1972, but they’re hoping to change that.
The winner will be announced after voting at the IOC’s conference in Lima, Peru, in September 2017, so until then, this is all just speculation … but we’d love to see the U.S. host again.