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Boston given surprising bid for 2024 Olympics

1 year 9 months 1 week ago January 09, 2015 Jan 9, 2015 Friday, January 09 2015 January 09, 2015 1:34 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

DENVER, CO - Once the shock subsides, the work begins.

Boston was considered something of a long shot by insiders when the U.S. Olympic Committee whittled its list of candidates to bid for the 2024 Games down to four a few months ago.

The leadership team, largely unknown outside of New England, along with the compactness of the city, the politics and the protesters made Boston look like an underdog compared to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.

Turned out, some of those so-called deficiencies turned into positives in the eyes of the USOC board members. The leader, John Fish, is a can-do businessman who gets the Olympics' vision. The compactness looks more like a plus than a minus under the International Olympic Committee's newly revised, less-is-more template for the Games. The politics and protesters - well, any city that undertakes this sort of endeavor will run into those issues.

Now begins a 32-month march toward the selection in September 2017.

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