Boston Beats Out L.A., San Francisco and Washington to Become US Bid for 2024 Olympics

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File photo of Boston, Massachusetts, from Jan. 5, 2015. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A campaign to bring the Olympics back to Los Angeles for a third time fell to defeat Thursday when national officials selected Boston to be the nation’s sole bidder for the 2024 Summer Games.

The Massachusetts capital city prevailed after a two-year competition that saw each candidate submit detailed proposals to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

“We want to think about this as America’s bid,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said recently. “Hopefully we can energize the country and get the country to engaged with the Olympic movement.”

Boston officials promoted the idea of a “walkable” Games that would turn the city itself into an Olympic village. Numerous universities and colleges in the area could hold events at their existing facilities.

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