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U.S. Sounds Out I.O.C. on Possible 2024 Olympic bid

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U.S. Olympic leaders are sounding out international officials about a potential American bid for the games -- and the feedback is positive.
 
The U.S. Olympic Committee is currently weighing a possible run for the 2024 Summer Games. If that's ruled out, the 2026 Winter Olympics would be an option.
 
USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun are talking with members of the IOC in Sochi.
 
Blackmun tells The Associated Press "we can get some really good input: Is it time for a U.S. bid and, if so, where should it come from?"
 
The U.S. hasn't hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. Salt Lake City staged the last Winter Games in the U.S. in 2002.
 
Blackmun says "I think people genuinely would like to see a U.S. bid."

Paul Nelson reported Tuesday that the Reno-Tahoe region is eyeing another possible Winter Games bid. Fifteen athletes from Reno-Tahoe are currently competing in the Sochi Games. People like Jamie Anderson and Julia Mancuso -- who have both already medaled.

The CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition Jon Killoran says that puts our area on display. "Every time one of our athletes is competing, you're hearing them identified as a Lake Tahoe or Reno native or something like that. And that's wonderful."

Sochi has spent more than $50-billion to put on the Olympics. Killoran says if Reno receives a bid, a good model would be the Salt Lake Games that cost about $3-billion -- with a positive impact on the area. "I remember reading some studies that they expected to see a bump in tourism, economy, business opportunities maybe five years outside of the games. They're still reaping rewards today and we're more than a decade removed from those '02 games in Salt Lake City."

To read more of his report, click here.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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