Well, the Boston Olympics are officially dead in the water. As cool as it would have been to have the games here at home, the financial risks really weren’t worth it. On Monday, Mayor Walsh said “If committing to signing a guarantee today is what’s required to move forward, then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games”. Up until now, Mayor Walsh has been very pro-Olympics, but in the end he wasn’t going to be strong armed into signing a contract that put tax payers at risk. Shortly after that, the U.S.O.C.’s Scott Blackmun made a statement, saying, “We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Therefore, the U.S.O.C. does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto.”
The Olympic Committee seemed confident that they would get another US city in on the bid, and all roads seem to be point to Los Angeles, who have already hosted the Olympics twice.