Los Angeles awarded 2028 Olympics

Peter Castro
September 14, 2017

It'll be third time hosting the games for both parties.

"This historic double allocation is a "win-win-win" situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC".

Los Angeles, meanwhile, adds to its storied Olympic history.

Paris insisted it didn't want to wait around for the opportunity, pouncing on the chance to host sooner than later. The commission visited both cities in May, finding both to be low-risk and high-reward propositions for the cities and the IOC. Previous year at this time the field included four cities: Los Angeles, Paris, Budapest and Rome.

FILE - In this August 3, 2015 file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at a press conference after the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Swimming champion and four-time gold medalist Janet Evans is on the committee overseeing L.A.'s bid, and she joined the delegation in Peru.

Paris: President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hailed the decision to award the 2024 Olympics to Paris as a "victory for France". "Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary", Bach commented.

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A majority of Los Angeles residents appear to be in favor of host the 2028 Olympics after an independent poll by Loyola-Marymount showed an 83% approval rating. The city plans to use the Coliseum in 2028, meaning it will have been part of three Olympics. That city commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to Southern California.

Most memorably for current Angelenos, the city hosted in 1984 at a time when the International Olympic Committee was in crisis.

The London 2012 Games raised about $1.1 billion, while Rio de Janeiro in 2016 had claimed it had slightly surpassed London, but final accounts are sketchy given the current investigations for corruption linked to Olympic Games projects in Brazil. The L.A. team quickly marshalled its resources, working around the clock to reach an agreement with the USOC under which Los Angeles would take over for Boston.

As part of the Paris presentation Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the International Olympic Committee members via video link.

Both Mayors Anne Hidalgo form Paris and Eric Garcetti from Los Angeles, who are personal friends, sent endless praise to each other during the presentations and promised ongoing cooperation between their organizing committees.

"Now, I know what you're thinking. these LA guys seem pretty laid back", Wasserman said.

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