The U.S. 2024 Olympics Candidate Is Los Angeles, Because Who Could Host The Games Better Than The City Of Angels?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that Los Angeles would be the country's official pick to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Awkwardly, the committee had initially picked Boston for the bid, but the backlash within Boston led to that plan getting scrapped — and Los Angeles had stepped up as its replacement. The city's council unequivocally gave its mayor, Eric Garcetti, permission to go after the bid, meaning that there likely won't be a repeat of the Boston situation.

Now, Garcetti and co will have to convince the rest of the city that the value of hosting the Games will outweigh the costs, lest the bid implode once again. The other three U.S. contenders for the Games, selected in June in 2014, had been San Francisco, Washington D.C., and, of course, Boston. The official host won't be named until the summer of 2017. If LA is chosen to host the games in nine years' time, it will mark the third time that the Olympics have come to the city.

Should LA maintain its bid, it'll be battling a handful of European cities for the role of host. The other cities we know have thrown their hats into the ring include Rome, Budapest, Hamburg, and Paris.