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US Olympic Committee names Los Angeles a finalist for bid in 2024 Olympics

Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record in the 800 metres at the Los Angeles Olympics, 1932.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Mary Lou Retton of the U.S. performs her routine on the balance beam during the Olympic women's individual final by apparatus Aug. 6, 1984 in Los Angeles.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
French pole vaulter Pierre Quinon clears the bar during the Olympic pole vault final on Aug. 8, 1984 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. Pierre Quinon won the gold medal.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Tessa Sanderson of Great Britain throws the Javelin during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Sanderson won the gold medal in this event.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Sam the Eagle, the mascot of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, marches around the stadium during the opening ceremony.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The Opening Ceremony at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. On Friday, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced L.A. is on the short list of American cities to host the 2024 games.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
American javelin thrower Duncan Atwood competing in the Olympic Games, Los Angeles, August 1984.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Daley Thompson of Great Britain clears the bar during the high jump event of the decathlon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Thompson won the decathlon with a World Record of 8,847 points.
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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
A general view of the opening ceremony at the 1984 Olympics on July 28, 1984. The ceremony took place at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles is one of four cities still in the running to be the United States' bid for the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced today. 

L.A. joins San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. on the short list. Dallas and San Diego were also considered but failed to make the top four.

"I'm very pleased," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. "Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city, with endless diversity, attractions and scenic beauty. I look forward to working with the USOC to ensure we present the strongest possible bid for our nation."

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The USOC had previously reached out to 35 cities to gauge their interest, according to the Committee.

"We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement. He added that each city has "given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid."

It will likely be another year before the USOC decides whether to make a bid for the 2024 games and, if so, which city should represent America. A host city will be named in 2017. 

The city's 2024 proposal calls for building an athletes' village adjacent to the Los Angeles River. There would then be four venue clusters, including Exposition Park. A representative for the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games was not immediately available to comment.

"Los Angeles always has their track shoes on, and now we have to break from our stance and show the USOC our skill, devotion and hospitality," said L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge in a statement.

The United States has not hosted the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games since 1996 when the games were in Atlanta. Los Angeles previously hosted in 1932 and 1984, and the U.S. also hosted the summer Olympics in 1904 in St. Louis.

This story has been updated.