Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - After a 22-month process, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that Boston will represent the United States in its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Boston beat out three other semifinalists -- Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles, which has hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984.
Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to host the Summer Olympics in 1996. St. Louis hosted in 1904.
The USOC board of directors settled on Boston unanimously, but only after more than one round of voting. Last month, the USOC narrowed down the field to the four semifinalists after initially having discussions with approximately 35 cities.
"We're excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid," said USOC chairman Larry Probst.
The deadline to submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee is Sept. 15, and the IOC will announce its decision in 2017. The only other confirmed competing bid at this time comes from Rome, Italy. Despite IOC reforms to make the bidding process and Olympics more cost-efficient, many cities remain skeptical.
The last bid the United States made was for the 2016 Olympics with Chicago as the host city, but it came up short among the finalists. The IOC awarded the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.