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USOC gauging interest in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to host 2024 Olympics

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2013 4:16 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know if Pittsburgh or Philadelphia might be interested in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The committee says that 35 letters have been sent out , seeking to gauge interest. The nation's 25 largest cities got the letter, along with Pittsburgh and nine others.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says there would be "extraordinary" challenges to submit a formal bid, but that he will seek community input about the offer. The letter suggests that hosting the event would require a budget of more than $3 billion.

The USOC says the letter is just an initial step in evaluating a potential bid, not a guarantee they will bid for the 2024 Games.

The U.S. hasn't hosted the Summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996.

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