The 2024 Summer Olympics in Washington, D.C. is a no go. While Washington was competing with Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston for the U.S. Olympic Committee's bid, it was Boston that got the prize. For now, Boston will compete with international rivals like Rome, Berlin, and Paris for the 2024 Olympics. While Washington didn't get the bid, "All was not lost," said D.C. Mayor Bowser in a public statement.
In Bowser's statement, she said, "We must build on the tremendous regional and federal cooperation embodied in the DC 2024 Olympic bid, in focusing on the big issues facing our region—transportation, affordable housing and expanding job opportunities for residents in the District of Columbia."
For now, bid or not, Bowser is assuring the public that the "big issues" will be addressed.
Regardless of whether or not you're celebrating over the decision, here are some relatively unanimous Twitter responses on Washington not getting the bid:
For the love of God, just say no...To Olympics or Not to Olympics, That is The D.C. Question http://t.co/FTeSLqRqdM via @CurbedDC— Nigel F. Maynard (@products_hound) January 8, 2015
Dear god, no. RT @CurbedDC: To Olympics or not to Olympics, that is the D.C. question. http://t.co/ouRknijeXx pic.twitter.com/Lif2GNNTRd— Kevin McCauley (@kevinmccauley) January 8, 2015
So did we realllllly think DC was going to get a Summer Olympics?— Capitals Hill (@CapitalsHill) January 8, 2015
The best thing that happened to DC so far in 2015 was not getting the Olympics! Congratulations Washington!— Garrett Graff (@vermontgmg) January 8, 2015
Despite today's outcome, I am proud of how the District and the region presented.— Muriel Bowser (@TeamMuriel) January 8, 2015
Why would any city want the Olympics?— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) January 8, 2015
· Boston, not Washington, picked to vie for 2024 Olympics (Video) [Washington Business Journal]
· Statement from Mayor Bowser on USOC 2024 Olympics Announcement [DCgov]
· To Olympics or Not to Olympics, That is The D.C. Question [Curbed DC]
· Plans for the Olympics in Washington, D.C. Take Flight [Curbed DC]