With the 2012 Olympics in the rearview mirror, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge wants to bring the games back to the city for a third time. Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
Californians picked up 93 medals--including 52 gold--at this year’s Olympics. Athletes from USC won 25 medals, while UCLA Olympians brought home 12. During today’s Los Angeles City Council meeting, LaBonge took a minute to praise the London Olympics:
The University of Southern California had more medal winners in the Olympic Games by far than any university in the United States, which is a great credit to the University of Southern California, which is positive. And then in between this whole time, Mr. President, what did we go run off and do? We went to Mars, with the Rover and you see all that has transpired. It was 16 days of glory in London with competition.
The Fourth District rep plans to introduce a motion supporting the idea of bringing the Olympics back to Los Angeles. City leaders had pursued a bid for the 2016 Olympics. However, the U.S. Olympic Committee ultimately decided to go with Chicago, which later lost out to Rio de Janeiro as the host city.