Welcome back, folks! Okay, well, that's more to me than anything else. It has been a lengthy time away, and the change-over back to me (the original author) is complete!That said, there have been a lot of developments in the USOC's plans for the 2024 Summer Olympics. On Tuesday, the USOC sent out letters to the mayors of 35 cities in the US.
Here is the list:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Washington D.C., Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rochester, Sacramento, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis and Tulsa. (from The Dallas Morning News)
According to the source above, the list was generated based on population (the 25 largest cities made the cut automatically) and on previously indicated interest in hosting the Olympics (the remaining 10). Minneapolis made the list.How the mayor responds isn't entirely clear, but we can have a say. By the time 2024 rolls around, it will have been 28 years since the Atlanta games. This, of course, depends on how seriously the USOC and the local organizing committee takes their chances and applies themselves.
And this is where we need to make some noise.As the citizens of this city and state and supporters of the Olympic movement in general, we've got to take some activism. We have a voice, and we've got to make it heard. First and foremost, get in touch with the Minneapolis mayor and city council. You can contact Mayor Rybak here and members of the Minneapolis City Council here.
Next, contact your state legislators
. You can find your representation by entering your physical address at the District Finder webpage
. Email, call, or mail your legislators. Let them know that you support hosting the Olympics in Minneapolis. Let's make it happen!!
IOC Vice President Mario Pescante has resigned his post
, claiming he is embarrassed by the withdrawal of the Rome 2020 bid. From the article: Pescante was pessimistic about the Games returning to Rome anytime in the near future for the first time since 1960, believing that Paris will be the clear favourites to host the 2024 Olympics, marking the centenary of the last occasion they were held in the French capital
.A bid from Paris is likely, and the city is experienced. The French capital hosted the games in 1900 and 1924 and has bid several other times. The most recent bid was for the Olympics coming this summer; Paris only lost to host city London by 4 votes (in contrast, the American candidate, New York, got knocked out in the 2nd round of voting--it only beat Moscow). Given the Eurocentric nature of the IOC, any bid by the French would bear some serious weight.
And given that this would be the Centennial year, the Parisian cohort is likely to bring some strong emotions and arguments to the bidding table.
There isn't much chatter yet about Paris 2024, but Pescante's prediction is significant because of his (former) position in the IOC. If the IOC and the USOC can resolve their fund sharing dispute in the next few years, whatever US city chooses to bid must have a stunning plan in place.