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Los Angeles, other U.S. cities to submit Olympic proposals for 2024

Los Angeles, other U.S. cities to submit Olympic proposals for 2024
The men's 5,000-meter event takes place at the Coliseum during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

Los Angeles and three other American cities that want to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics faced a Monday deadline to submit their technical proposals to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

All of the candidates --including Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. -- have assembled packages that place the cost at somewhere between $4 billion and $5 billion, not including construction of infrastructure such as hotels and roads.

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With the USOC and International Olympic Committee talking about making the Games less expensive, that would mark a significant reduction from the money spent by previous hosts such as Russia, which spent a total $51 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

With South African officials saying they want to prepare a bid for 2024, any potential American candidate would face considerable opposition.

Los Angeles could be a cost-effective site with ongoing upgrades to public transportation and much of its venue structure in place. But vying for a third Games could prove difficult -- the been-there, done-that factor -- and San Francisco could be more attractive to foreign IOC members.

The USOC has yet to commit to putting forward a U.S. submission. The final four will make their presentations at the committee's board meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 16.

A final decision is expected sometime within the next two months. The IOC will select a host in 2017.

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