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Charlotte among US cities invited to bid for 2024 Olympics


By Marc Lancaster
Washington Times

The United States Olympic Committee on Tuesday sent a letter to the mayors of 35 US cities inviting them to throw their names into the ring as a potential host for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Letters went to the 25 largest cities in the country, plus 10 others that had previously expressed an interest in hosting. Washington at Baltimore are on the list, along with previous hosts Los Angeles, Atlanta and St. Louis.

There is no guarantee the USOC will submit an Applicant City for 2024 to the International Olympic Committee. The US did not bid for the 2020 games, which will be awarded in September to Tokyo, Madrid or Istanbul. Previous US bids for the Summer Games of 2012 (New York) and 2016 (Chicago) fell short.

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As long as I don't have to

As long as I don't have to pay for it, I don't care what Charlotte does. Besides, I thought NC was blacklisted for passing the marriage amendment.

Waste of Money

Let the state find other ways to waste money. I am tried of Tax dollars being use to make other people richer.

I would normally consider

I would normally consider the cities that host Olympiads to be "world" cities. New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and cities of that stature. Charlotte is not what I would consider in the same league as those cities. Not a criticism, because I think CLT has a lot of things going for it. I just don't see them as an Olympic city.

Having seen what Romney went through

At Salt Lake city I don't think we want to attempt this here. It is a huge undertaking.
There are several Olympic cities that have their Olympic sites rusting away...........



Charlotte sucks. It is one of the most pretentious cities I have ever visited. There really isn't anything cool there. Charlotte also cannot fill seats at its own professional sports teams events. There are no where near enough hotel rooms for the Olympics. The Olympics can do much better. I can't imagine why they would even consider Charlotte.

Haters are gonna hate...

Haters are gonna hate... Having lived here for the better part of the last decade and will say there are far more pretentious cities than Charlotte (Atlanta anyone?). Charlotte is a growing city and while it doesn't offer the amenities of say NYC or Miami, it has its share of culture, great food and plenty of things to do. As far as the team support goes... Have you paid attention to the fact that the Panthers and Bobcats have each had ONE playoff appearance since 2008? And 4 total since the turn of the century? Also, this bid is for 2024... which is uh, 11 years from now. Plenty of time to build the infrastructure, hotels, etc. All that said, I doubt Charlotte would get the Olympics. Kind of hope they don't actually. Olympics usually are more trouble than they are worth.