6 US Cities That Could Be Hosting The Olympics Soon

6 US Cities That Could Be Hosting The Olympics Soon

The Olympics could be headed to an Amerian city near you!
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The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio is just weeks away. 2016 marks 20 years since the last Summer Olympics were held in the United States (the 1996 Atlanta Games) and 14 years since any Olympics Games has been held on American turf (the 2002 Salt Lake City Games). The Olympic Games won't be headed to the United States for at least another eight years. Asian countries have a stranglehold on the next three Olympics. South Korea will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics, followed by Japan hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, and China hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, the Olympic Games could be headed back to the US soon after that. Boston was originally bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, but resistance from residents caused the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to choose Los Angeles, the host of the 1984 Summer Olympics, as the official applicant city for the United States. Los Angeles isn't the only American city with Olympic aspirations. The Olympic Games could be coming to a city near you. Here are American cities that could potentially host an upcoming Olympic Games.

Los Angeles, California

2024 will mark 20 years since Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Summer Games. Los Angeles is one of four finalist applicant cities biding to host the Games, and they could not be more dedicated in their effort. Los Angeles has been pouring in billions of dollars to boost their chances against the likes of Budapest, Rome, and Paris. With the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in mind, construction of the new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams is taking place for the nearly $3 billion dollar City of Champions Stadium in Inglewood, California pictured above. The stadium is scheduled to open in 2019. The Rams who were previously located in St. Louis until the 2015-16 NFL season will in the meanwhile play at the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium, one of the central venues of the 1984 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on the host city for the 2024 Summer Games on September 13, 2017 in Lima, Peru.

Lake Tahoe/Reno, Nevada


Various Lake Tahoe resorts are collaborating in an effort to make Reno a legitimate contender to host the most prestigious event in all of Winter Sports. Lake Tahoe is undeniably one of the most scenic places on the West Coast and is joining forces with the city of Reno to make a case to be the hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. The various resorts in Lake Tahoe have already spent $100 million dollars to improve facilities. In addition, the Lake Tahoe/Reno area already has Olympic experience under their belt. For the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California, the region was utilized for various Olympic competitions.

Denver, Colorado


Denver originally won the right to host the 1976 Winter Olympic Games. However, financial and environmental concerns caused Colorado residents to vote in a referendum against having the Olympic Games in their state, and Denver withdrew from hosting the Games that were ultimately hosted by Innsbruck, Austria. Denver is looking to establish themselves as the early frontrunner to be the USOC pick to be the official American applicant city for the 2026 Winter Games. They have proven before to know the formula to a winning bid to host the Olympic Games and will be looking to redeem themselves from their 1976 Olympic heartbreak.

Lake Placid, New York


Lake Placid previously hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1980s that provided one of the most memorable moments in American sports history when the underdog United States men's hockey team upset the powerhouse Soviet Union team before ultimately capturing the gold medal. It may seem far-fetched for a city to re-host the Olympics, but Beijing, China recently proved it was possible with their winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which will be 14 short years since they hosted the Summer Olympics. Lake Placid would need to update existing facilities from the 1980 Winter Games, and likely have to construct state-of-the-art facilities suitable for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Anchorage, Alaska

Following failed bids for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, Anchorage has rekindled their desires to be a potential Olympic host city. Anchorage has recently hosted various marquee winter sporting events, and feels now is its time to host the Winter Olympics. With the 2026 Winter Games in sight, a committee consisting of various individuals including Alaskan Olympians have been convening to figure out finances and logistics and has full backing and support from the Anchorage mayor. Anchorage would have to build a pleather of venues that are Olympic-caliber, but there's no denying it's weather is a perfect fit for the Winter Games.

Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman, Montana may be the biggest longshot to be selected as the official United States applicant city for the 2026 Winter Games, but the city is putting forth an enthusiastic effort to make their case. A group called the Big Sky Committee is pushing to make a Bozeman bid a reality and already has a detailed layout and backing from local officials including Brit Fontenot, the Bozeman Economic Development Director who believes hosting an Olympic Games would be great for Bozeman. They may be a longshot, but we'll have to wait and see. The IOC will announce the host of the 2026 Winter Olympics in 2019.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The University of Alabama Has Tim Tebow On Their Bad Side And Here's Why

Why would you want to be on someone's bad side?

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Whether I know you personally or just happen to watch you on television or read something about you, if you have wronged me or mine, there is no coming back. Last week, Tim Tebow crossed the line, and I'm calling him out for it.

Alabama and football are synonymous. Gameday is sacred here, and when you look in the stands before kickoff, it's a wall of crimson that greets you. Recently, come halftime, some of the stands are not overflowing the way they once were, and Coach Nick Saban stated in a recent press conference his disappointment in the student section during the past several home football games held in Bryant-Denny. Saban said, "There's got to be a spirit that makes it special to play here because that's what makes it special to be here." His heart is in the right place, and Saban has standing. He is one of us. However, Tim Tebow felt he needed to chime in, as his opinion mattered, and he overstepped into the crimson territory.

Tebow didn't just side with Saban, he went on to insult the Crimson Tide by saying how "entitled" Alabama fans are, and that's where it started to get ugly. The SEC sportscaster said "Listen, as a student, you've done nothing to win all these titles, OK? You spend a little bit of your daddy's money to show up at a game and to go to school there. You say you're the best fans in college football. Well, you need to show up."

While some might recognize Tebow as a former NFL player, or recognize him as the pretty face of the SEC Network, or even know him as the less than suitable replacement for Neil Patrick Harris on Disney's Christmas Day Parade, I'm sorry to say, Tim Tebow, you are a washed up Heisman winner and National Championship Quarterback from almost a decade ago. Alabama students are diehard fans, but you can't hate a student body for leaving when they already know the outcome. We might expect the titles and the championships, just like the university expects the best from its students, we expect the best from our team, and we love them for it.

So Mr. Tebow, when you really think about it, if it wasn't for our "daddy's" money pouring into the university in the first place, there wouldn't be a stepping stone for our incredible football team. The football program generates a lot of money for the university, but so do the students. The student body isn't acting entitled, we are just being human because we are frustrated with the opposing teams, and we become bored out of our minds. I'm sorry if I don't want to stay for the second half of the game baking in the sweltering hot upper bowl at noon when the score is 50-0. It is unrealistic.

There are so many reasons why Alabama students don't want to stay for the entire game, but probably the most significant is most teams in the SEC stink. Yes, I said it, because it is true. Growing up in an area and in a family who has roots in the BIG TEN, I can see the difference. While all the teams aren't the best up North, at least there is some competition on a weekly basis. Every single game this season at Alabama has been a blowout, which is great because we all want a winning team. However, the best part of football games is being on the edge of your seat and not knowing who is going to win. Lafayette wasn't cutting it, neither was Arkansas. Look at games like Penn State versus Ohio State. The score was so close, it made fans want to stay. Trust me, I want to stay. I love football, but a mercy is a mercy, and who wants to stay for a bloodbath?

Remember Tebow, Saban is one of us, so he can comment. You are not. Mr. Tebow, you are not a member of the Crimson Tide. You could have been a part of our Family, but you chose to wear Florida's jersey over Alabama's, so until you are one of us, keep your snide, insulting, and condescending comments to yourself. Roll Tide!

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