US sounds out IOC on possible 2024 Olympic bid

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2010, file photo, Scott Blackmun responds to questions at a news conference at the United States Olympic Training Center where he was named CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo. Speaking at the USOC's annual assembly on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, Blackmun said outreach with politicians in Washington is as important to landing an Olympics as international relationships. The USOC has formed a committee to study a possible bid for the 2024 or 2026 Olympics. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski, FIle)
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2010, file photo, Scott Blackmun responds to questions at a news conference at the United States Olympic Training Center where he was named CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo. Speaking at the USOC's annual assembly on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, Blackmun said outreach with politicians in Washington is as important to landing an Olympics as international relationships. The USOC has formed a committee to study a possible bid for the 2024 or 2026 Olympics. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski, FIle)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – U.S. Olympic leaders are sounding out international officials about a potential American bid for the games – and the feedback is positive.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is currently weighing a possible run for the 2024 Summer Games. If that’s ruled out, the 2026 Winter Olympics would be an option.

USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun are talking with members of the IOC in Sochi.

Blackmun tells The Associated Press “we can get some really good input: Is it time for a U.S. bid and, if so, where should it come from?”

The U.S. hasn’t hosted the Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. Salt Lake City staged the last Winter Games in the U.S. in 2002.

Blackmun says “I think people genuinely would like to see a U.S. bid.”

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