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Planner for the '84 LA Olympics: Los Angeles would be a great 2024 host

1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles
1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles
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The race to host the 2024 Olympics has become a sports drama in its own right.

Boston has bowed out of North America's bid to hold the games, and now Los Angeles leads the pack as the U.S. contender.

L.A. is no stranger to the Olympics: the games were held here in 1984, and the city is one of just a few hosts to actually turn a profit.

There's also plenty of good will from people who remember that time.

But how did L.A. walk away a success in 1984, and could it do it again?

Last year, we talked with the design firm that prepped those games – The Jerde <JERR-dee> Partnership and its co-CEO John Simones.

Simones says LA had some real advantages over other places when it came to hosting the Games, but it could definitely create another hit if it was picked for 2024.