by Julia Lebovitz on Friday, February 6th, 2015
Although it is still early in the bidding process, Boston seeks to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. On January 8th, the U.S. Olympic Committee (U.S.O.C) chose Boston as the U.S. Candidate over San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Since 1996, Boston has successfully hosted over 100 major sporting events including Baseball and Hockey All-Star Games, US and ISU World Figure Skating Championships, Men’s Curling, and most recently, the 2012 Fed Cup Tennis Tournament. Perhaps Boston’s biggest sporting is its annual Marathon, which brings around half a million local spectators to the streets.
With some of the top universities in the country, Boston already has stadiums built to provide venues for all Olympic events. The Boston Olympic Hosting Committee believes that “pursuing an Olympics and Paralympics bid not only aligns with existing plans for the state’s continued economic growth but can also serve to accelerate the delivery of improvements in transportation, infrastructure, and housing.” Although many Milton students, such as Emily Bell (III), want to “go to every event and hope for Boston to win the bidding process,” others, like Sophia Wilson Pelton (III), dread the heavy traffic the Olympics will bring.
While Boston was picked as the United States’ bid, the committee expects competition from Rome, Paris, Berlin, and possibly South Africa. Unlike Boston, Rome and Berlin have already successfully hosted the Olympics.
Boston’s organizing committee is led by John Fish of Suffolk Construction where Kim Steimle-Vaughan, a member of Milton’s Board of Trustees and daughter of recently-retired English teacher and Class IV Dean Michaela Steimle, has been closely involved in the process. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on the location of the 2024 Olympics in September 2017, so the Boston committee has a busy two years in front of it to prepare more details and finalize its proposal.
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