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Md. Governor O'Malley Supports DC's Bid for Olympics

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 WASHINGTON, DC - Washington is one of four American cities that are finalists to bid for the 2024 Olympics. The other cities are Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.


Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is among a group of leaders looking to bring the Olympics to the DC area in 2024. The nonprofit Washington 2024 announced the names of 17 board members on Thursday. In addition Tagliabue, they Former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, businesswoman Sheila Johnson, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner and chef Jose Andres.


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley issued a statement Thursday supporting the group's bid, saying, "I'm excited to join (Virginia) Gov. (Terry) McAuliffe and (D.C.) Mayor (Vincent) Gray to support the National Capital Region's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Here in Maryland, we're focused on doing the things that work to create jobs, spur innovation and expand opportunity. As one of the greatest sporting events our world has ever known, the Olympics is one of the best diplomatic tools we have to transcend the walls that divide us and provide a spark of hope for the next generation. Hosting the Olympics will foster a lasting sports, tourism and cultural legacy for our nation while also highlighting Maryland and the Capital Region's seamless coordination, strength, diversity, and vibrancy on the ultimate global stage.


 The U.S. Olympic Committee will decide early next year whether to pursue a bid for the games and would select a city at that time.


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