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D.C. One Of Four U.S. Cities In Running For 2024 Olympic Games

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The last games for which D.C. submitted a bid was for the 2012 Summer Games.
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The last games for which D.C. submitted a bid was for the 2012 Summer Games.

Washington, D.C., is in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. It's one of four cities to make the US Olympic Committee's final cut; the others are Boston, LA and San Francisco.

The group leading the effort to bring the games to Washington is known as DC2024.

Vice chair Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, said in a statement that the investments needed to host the Olympics in D.C. would have other benefits as well, namely by boosting development and providing new housing and transportation options.

Other cities, notably New York and Philadelphia, took themselves out of the running because of the billions of dollars needed to prepare for a three-week event a decade from now.

The Sochi Games in Russia, for example, are estimated to cost more than $50 billion.

The International Olympics Committee will pick the winner in 2017.

The last U.S. city to host the Summer Games was Atlanta in 1996.

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