Nashville, Memphis Asked to Explore 2024 Olympic Bids


If Knoxville can have a World's Fair, can Memphis or Nashville have an Olympics?

That's the question facing those cities, according to the New York Times' Lynn Zinser.

Zinser said that the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to place a bid on the 2024 Summer Olympics, and isn't being selective as to where that city might be.

Memphis, Nashville, and 33 other U.S. towns were included on the U.S.O.C.'s letter, sent to the mayors of those areas to ask them to at least gauge interest in hosting the games.

Atlanta, in 1996, was the last American city to host the Summer Olympics, while Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The complete list, according to Zinser, was:

"Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Denver; Washington; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; Indianapolis; Baltimore; Detroit; Minneapolis; St. Louis; Las Vegas; New York; Boston; Rochester; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Memphis; Nashville and Davidson County; Austin, Tex.; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio; and Seattle"

Her complete story can be read at the New York Times.

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