LA 2024 Leaders Discuss Sports Innovation At MIT Conference

Casey Wasserman, Chairman of Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, along with Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero participated Friday at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Sports Analytics Conference where they shared ideas with sports industry leaders about how technology can enhance every aspect of the athlete experience.

LA 2024 bid Chair Casey Wasserman speaks at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (LA 2024 Photo)

LA 2024 bid Chair Casey Wasserman speaks at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (LA 2024 Photo)

Wasserman, with Ruggiero who is also Chair of the IOC Athletes Commission and a member of the IOC Executive Board, spoke on panels during a conference program geared towards exploring the future of sport and the sports industry.  They reportedly gained valuable insights on the next generation of innovations that could benefit Olympians and Paralympians in 2024, ranging from training and performance to new media and brand building.

Wasserman said “the U.S. and Southern California in particular are at the forefront of global technological innovation.  If LA is awarded the honor of hosting the 2024 Games, we will be able to harness our leadership in technology and innovation to create the best athlete experience in history.”

“Having no new permanent venues to build means LA 2024 will have more time and resources dedicated to technology and new thinking that enhance athletes’ preparation, their enjoyment and ultimately their performance of the most important moment of their careers.”

Ruggiero said “LA 2024 is always looking for opportunities and partnerships that can make a positive contribution to the Olympic Movement long after 2024.”

“Events like the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference underline the wealth of talent our doorstep here in the United States and we have heard some fascinating ideas about what is next for the global sports industry.”

IOC Member Angela Ruggiero at 127th Session December 8, 2015

“At LA 2024 our objective is not just to keep pace with the sports industry; we want to help the Olympic Movement take the lead in the creative application of new technologies to sports performance and worldwide youth engagement”.

LA will receive a three-day visit from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission beginning April 23 when experts and stakeholders will conduct site evaluations and review documents submitted by the bid.

The bid team will then provide a technical briefing to the greater IOC membership in Lausanne, Switzerland in July.

Los Angeles and Paris are the two cities bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games.  The winner will be elected host city by the IOC September 13 in Lima, Peru.