Boston is one of four U.S. cities bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The last time the Olympics were held in the United States was in 2002, when Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games. The last Summer Games in the United States was in 1996 in Atlanta. To promote holding the summer Olympics in Boston, a group arranged a night in honor of Olympic athletes from the area. A number of Olympians attended, including Mike Eruzione, the captain of the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the “Miracle on Ice” game and the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Games.
Hosting the Olympics isn’t cheap. Some people argue the billions of dollars would be better spent on education. Others believe it will improve Massachusetts economy. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are also hoping to bid for the Games. If the United States decides to bid for the 2024 Games, it will pick one of the four cities in 2015. That city will then go up against cities from around the world. The host city will be announced in 2017.
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