D.C. loses bid to be U.S. nominee for 2024 Summer Olympics

Russ Ramsey, the former chairman of the Board of Trustees, led a campaign to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the District. File Photo by Leah Edwards | Hatchet Photographer
Russ Ramsey, the former chairman of the Board of Trustees, led a campaign to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the District. File Photo by Leah Edwards | Hatchet Photographer
Those lobbying for the 2024 Summer Olympics to be hosted in D.C. had their hopes dashed Thursday.

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced that Boston would be the nation’s candidate for the Olympic Summer Games in 2024, beating out D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Washington Post reported.

Former Board of Trustees chairman Russ Ramsey spearheaded the District’s campaign to bring the Olympics to the city with other members of the GW community, like alumnus and partial Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner and current trustee and alumna Linda Rabbitt.

Washington 2024 launched its media campaign in September, focusing its bid on the theme of unity.

“It was an honor to work with dozens of leaders from across the Capitol region to envision how the Olympic Games would advance the goals of this community and foster greater unity,” Ramsey said in a statement. “I grew up in this city and have seen firsthand how sport can be a force for good and how incredibly impactful it can be on a young person’s life.”

In December, Muriel Bowser, who was just elected mayor at the time, went to California to pitch D.C. to the committee.

If picked, Boston would be the first U.S. city to host the Summer Games since 1996.

“I remain deeply hopeful that the Olympic Games will return to the U.S. in 2024, and remain committed to working with the leaders of this region to ensure opportunities for our youth to pursue Olympic dreams,” Ramsey said.

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