July 7, 2006 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair may have revolutionized the Olympic bid process by lobbying intently for London in its successful quest to play host to the 2012 Games. Now, with the U.S. Olympic Committee weighing a 2016 bid and Los Angeles among five American cities under consideration, the game plan that delivered the Games to London a year ago Thursday has become a template -- and challenge -- for U.S. officials. Traditionally, U.S.
May 27, 2006 |
Remember Peter Ueberroth, the man who pulled the Olympic movement up by its bootstraps in 1984 by organizing a Los Angeles Olympics that had us all beaming like members of the chamber of commerce? Well, he is back in the middle of the Olympic movement, still pulling on bootstraps. Ueberroth, 68 now, is chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee and is in the catbird seat for much of the decision-making that could set the course for the Games of 2016.
May 19, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee, gauging whether to launch a bid for the 2016 Summer Games, paid a visit Thursday to Los Angeles City Hall, chairman Peter Ueberroth touting Los Angeles as "exciting" but cautioning that, as with all potential Olympic candidates, it needs to address "deficiencies." Later, the USOC made a similar stop at San Francisco City Hall. The USOC's whirlwind visits Thursday wrapped up a swing through five U.S.
May 4, 2006 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday it intends to visit five cities, including Los Angeles, as it gauges whether to launch a bid for the 2016 Games. Houston is due for a visit on May 8; Philadelphia on May 9; Chicago on May 10, and L.A. and San Francisco on May 18. New York, the failed U.S. bid for the 2012 Games, which the International Olympic Committee awarded last year to London, is not on the list. It is out of the running for 2016. The IOC is due to pick the 2016 site in 2009.
October 11, 2005 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee is cautiously considering whether to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth said Monday. A U.S. bid would be submitted only if the USOC were convinced that the bid had unqualified local, state, national and corporate support, Ueberroth said during a news conference at the 2006 U.S. Olympic team media summit. After initially saying that the USOC, which would pick a U.S.
September 29, 2005 |
The list of things that traditionally certify a city as "major league" in sports is short: a big-league baseball or football franchise. But what does it take to be "world class"? There the options boil down to one thing: hosting the Olympics. "And I think we have a good chance," Barry Sanders told me.
September 8, 2005 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged his full support Wednesday as Los Angeles became the first U.S. entrant into the race for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. "I stand ready, willing, able and excited about bidding for the 2016 Games," Villaraigosa said at a news conference in the courtyard of the Amateur Athletic Foundation, a legacy of the $232.5-million profit generated by the 1984 Summer Games. As in 1984, the Games would be privately financed and a significant surplus is all but assured.
September 7, 2005 |
Los Angeles organizers say they will announce plans today to bid for the 2016 Olympics, a campaign that, if successful, would give the city its third Summer Games and the United States its first in 20 years. Los Angeles was the scene of the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984; no other U.S. city has served as host more than once.
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October 7, 2004 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the idea of bringing the Summer Olympics to the city as soon as possible, perhaps in 2016. Councilman Tom LaBonge pushed for the plan, saying Los Angeles is "a world-class city, with world-class venues and world-class spirit." Los Angeles hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984, and has bid for the Olympics at least 10 times.