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U.S. want to bid for 2024 or 2026 Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee will hold meetings with cities interested in bidding for a future Olympics and is promising to streamline the domestic selection process if the federation does, in fact, decide to try to host the Games in 2024 or 2026.

At its quarterly meeting Thursday, the USOC board voted to move forward in exploring a possible bid but stopped short of committing to one. The 2024 bidding process doesn’t begin in earnest until 2015.

Los Angeles, Dallas and Tulsa are among the cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2024 Games. New York, Chicago and San Francisco have either bid, or expressed interest in bidding in the past and could also get in the mix. Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno, Nev., are among those that have talked about hosting a Winter Olympics.

The United States hasn’t hosted the Olympics since 2002, when the Winter Games were in Salt Lake City. Its last bid came for the 2016 Summer Games and the bid city, Chicago, finished last in the voting.

 
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