Kimie Bunyasaranand
Friday March 8th, 2013

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote to the USOC stating the city's interest in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote to the USOC stating the city's interest in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Los Angeles officially notified the U.S. Olympic Committee of its interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, reports ESPN.

"On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I am pleased to confirm our enthusiastic interest in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote in a letter to the USOC. "We are proud of our city's sports heritage and tradition, and we stand ready to work with you to bring the Olympic Games back to the United States."

Mayor Villaraigosa's submission also included a letter of support with signatures from Magic Johnson, Tom Hanks, swimming gold medalist Janet Evans, and AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke. The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution to support the bid last year. Los Angeles also held the 1984 Summer Games; the last U.S. city to host the Summer Games was Atlanta in 1996.

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