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LA's Mayor Garcetti is mum on financial pledge for 2024 Olympics

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LOS ANGELES--With Los Angeles' hopes of hosting the 2024 Summer Games unexpectedly revived, Mayor Eric Garcetti must soon decide whether he is willing to accept the sort of financial risks his counterpart in Boston -- the U.S. Olympic Committee's first choice of host city -- balked at this week.

Olympic officials insist that a host city pledge ...Read more

US Olympic Committee contacts LA about 2024 Summer Games

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LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Olympic Committee has contacted Los Angeles about the possibility of stepping in as a replacement bidder for the 2024 Summer Games, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly.

USOC officials were expected to make a call in the wake of Boston dropping its troubled bid.

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USOC pulls the plug on Boston 2024 bid; another bid city possible

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The U.S. Olympic Committee and Boston officials Monday agreed to end the city's comedy-of-errors attempt to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

In a statement, USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun left open the possibility of having another city, most likely Los Angeles, become the United States' 2024 candidate. That decision is to be made in ...Read more

Boston's bid withdrawal puts LA back in the running for 2024 Olympics

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Boston's short-lived campaign to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics ended Monday after months of struggles with local opposition and low public support.

Officials from the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee issued a joint statement announcing the withdrawal. The USOC also said it will immediately begin exploring the possibility of a replacement ...Read more

Tokyo Olympic organizers dump plans for $2 billion stadium

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Japanese officials have abruptly scrapped their plans for a massive, expensive stadium they planned to build for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The proposed 80,000-seat venue -- whose design resembled a giant bicycle helmet -- had been a flash point for debate in recent months as the estimated price of construction steadily rose to $2 billion.

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Budapest enters race for 2024 Olympics, vows to knock off big guys

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Budapest has entered an increasingly crowded race to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, characterizing itself as the scrappy, little underdog.

Officials from the Hungarian capital announced Wednesday they had sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee stating their intentions.

Paris, Rome, Hamburg and Boston already have launched ...Read more

Boston officials hope to boost support with new 2024 Olympic bid plan

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The bid committee trying to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston has released a new master plan it hopes will win over skeptical local residents who have shown little support for the campaign.

According to its "Bid 2.0," Boston 2024 projects $4.6 billion in operating costs and a $210 million surplus from ticket sales, broadcast rights and ...Read more

LA stepping in on '24 Games if Boston stumbles?

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LOS ANGELES -- Five months have passed since Boston defeated Los Angeles in a close race to represent the U.S. in bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

It has been a difficult stretch for organizers in the Massachusetts capital, who have faced persistent opposition and watched public support dip below 40 percent amid concerns about the cost of ...Read more

USOC should end Boston 2024 bid next week

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No sooner had French Olympic Committee leaders announced Tuesday that Paris was officially a candidate to host the 2024 Summer Games than a British bookmaker established it as a 5-4 favorite.

Boston was given 9-4 odds, a strong second best among the top candidates, with Rome and Hamburg listed at 5-1.

No sooner had the Paris chapeau landed in ...Read more

Pop violinist and skier Vanessa-Mae has ban overturned

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Vanessa-Mae -- that unusual combination of pop violinist and ski racer -- has won a partial victory against allegations that she cheated to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Officials claimed last year that Vanessa-Mae, a British citizen who competed for her native Thailand under the name Vanessa Vanakorn, had earned her way to the Games ...Read more

American football joins rush to be part of Olympics

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The Olympic movement is facing an unlikely question: Are you ready for some football?

America's most-popular game is among 26 sports that applied Friday to be part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The list also includes tug of war, bridge, chess and orienteering.

As part of its recent Agenda 2020 reforms, the International Olympic Committee has ...Read more

Tax records show USOC made $270 million in 2014

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Revenue for the U.S. Olympic Committee increased by more than 60 percent from the previous year in 2014, according to tax documents filed by the organization Friday.

The Colorado Springs-based USOC, which supports the country's Olympic and Paralympic athletes, brought in more than $270 million in revenue for the year. That total included $122 ...Read more