Winning U.S. Olympic Bid City Will Be Printed On a Boarding Pass

On Thursday afternoon at Denver International Airport, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors will determine which city they will nominate to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, then they’ll board a flight to that city to kick things off.

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are in the running.

USOC 2024 Olympic Games Bid Cities (Image: USOC)
USOC 2024 Olympic Games Bid Cities (Image: USOC)

In a media statement, the USOC explained that if a decision is made, the name of the city will be announced after the meeting but no additional information will be offered until they arrive at the winning city.  No specific announcement time has been shared, but speculation says it will be between 4pm and 5pm MST.

But it seems a decision is imminent and there have been no plans to leave the airport in anything other than an airplane.

Patrick Sandusky, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of the United States Olympic Committee alluded to still not knowing what city will be chosen Thursday afternoon when he posted on Twitter “first time in my life I’m heading to the airport and I have no idea where I am flying later today.”

“Well I have a 1 in 4 places idea,” he ended, citing a journey to one of the bid cities.

A quick review of flight departures from DEN show many options all afternoon and evening to the four cities, so there will be no travel constraints limiting their choices.

For 2012 and 2016, the winner of the domestic nomination was made by balloting amongst USOC members.  For 2024, the winning city will be printed on a boarding pass.

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A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.

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