Amanda Smith contributed to this report.
With the launch of www.DC2024 this week, an organizing committee from Washington D.C. has officially launched their push to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in the United States’ Capital.
Before competing against the world, however, D.C. will first have to win the support of the USOC. The last we heard from them in April, they gave an estimate that around 10 American cities were interested in being the one put forward by the United States for the bid, which would be the country’s first since Atlanta hosted in 1996.
The details on the site thus far are sparse, but the video above brings up several points:
- The city has a perfect backdrop for the games with all of the national landmarks.
- Millions of visitors every year, with three large airports, a major transit system, and high class lodging that can accommodate the largest Olympic crowd ever.
- A global city that features cuisines of the world, and where all will feel welcome
- A strong Olympic heritage
- used to hosting large scale events, and claims to be ‘the only city to have all state-of-the-art sport facilities in a 40 mile radius” (implying that, while not formally named, the bid would include Baltimore and Northern Virginia as well).
- Closing with: With smart planning, community involvement and regional support, it will be a great games and leave a proud legacy behind.
Other American cities we know that have expressed preliminary interest, and stuck to that, include:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego (without Tijuana, with international bids not allowed).
Several news reports initially indicated that Tulsa wanted to bid. Public officials backed off, but there is a private group still pushing a potential Tulsa bid.
The official, formal bidding process is expected to begin in 2015.