Nearly three decades have passed since Los Angeles hosted the Olympic Games and Los Angeles County Supervisors think it’s time to bring the games back. This week, the board unanimously supported a motion urging the United States’ Olympic Committee to hold the 2024 summer games here and directed county officials to cooperate with a Southern California committee that is bidding to host the competition.
The motion, authored by Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, notes that Los Angeles not only has a history of hosting Olympics but it is also one of the sports capitals of the world, boasting world class venues and an athletic tradition that few other places can match.
“Athletic excellence has always been among the highest ambitions of the people of Los Angeles,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas. “Los Angeles is home to more Olympians than anywhere in the world, and has twice hosted the summer Olympic Games.”
Los Angeles would be in competition with other U.S. cities, such as Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington, which are also hoping to host the games. Earlier this year, the U.S. Olympic Committee began outreach efforts to 35 cities about their interest in hosting the 2024 competition. The U.S. has not hosted the summer games since 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia.
If Southern California decides to bid for the games, it must submit an application for a city in 2015, with a decision by the International Olympic Committee expected in 2017.
Both the 1932 and 1984 Olympics were considered a success, with both establishing precedents for future Olympics. Los Angeles constructed the very first Olympic Village for the Games in 1932, consisting of 321 acres in Baldwin Hills with 550 two-bedroom portable bungalows for the male athletes, a hospital, post office, library, and a large number of eating establishments to feed the athletes. The 1984 Games were the first to turn a profit in the modern Olympic era and despite a Soviet boycott, nearly 6,000 athletes participated, representing 140 countries.