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    A timeline of the Washington 2024 Olympic bid

    Officials from Washington 2024, the group hoping to bring the Olympics to the nation’s capital, met with the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Oct. 15 to discuss the timeline for the bid process. - Courtesy/Washington 2024
    The Board of Supervisors spoke with leaders of a potential Washington Olympic bid in 2024 on Oct. 15.

    An expected time line of the upcoming steps in the bid process and a bit of background were laid out by John Powell, the director of government affairs & programs at Washington 2024, which is the group preparing the bid.

    In August 2013 a group called Washington 2024 launched in earnest and was contacted immediately about the potential bid by the United States Olympic committee, according to Powell.

    In October 2013 the USOC met with Washington 2024 officials to gauge the strength of a DC bid.

    Powell said that the USOC officials were happy with the meeting and then on June 13 the original 15 cities which were under consideration for the bid were limited to four: Washington, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.

    What's next?

    Next month a list of "deliverables" like hotel capacity, a theme, a security apparatus and other major support information are due so the USOC can decide which city to support for a bid.

    In early 2015, the USOC will decide on whether or not to enter a U.S. bid and which city the committee will support.

    The chosen city will then work closely with the USOC throughout the year on the bid.

    In September 2015 the USOC will formally submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee.

    The final decision will be made in 2017 by the IOC on which city will host the games in 2024.

    Powell said the games impact the areas farther out than anybody expects, and that airport travel, tourism and traffic would be the greatly affected by a Washington 2024 bid.

    Washington 2024 is expecting as many as 750,000 people at the games should they be held in the city. Approximately 680,000 came to see the games in London.

    Supervisors and Powell wanted to make clear that there are no specific Loudoun venues named yet, even though some preliminary meetings have happened.

    "If there's anything that changes the most, it's the venues," said Powell.

    Right now Loudoun County officials are gathering more information and will be waiting to see if Washington moves forward in the bid process.

    Should Washington win the USOC's approval as the American bid city in 2015, Loudoun would then be expected to engage more heavily in logistical discussions.

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