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L.A. might have been unable to control reasons for losing Olympic bid

L.A. might have been unable to control reasons for losing Olympic bid

It was midafternoon Thursday when Mayor Eric Garcetti got the call. The news wasn't good. U.S. Olympic Committee executives wanted the mayor to know they had chosen Boston — not Los Angeles — as the American bid city for the 2024 Summer Games. The mood in Garcetti's office was gracious, but stunned. Los Angeles had looked like the frontrunner going into a crucial USOC board meeting in Denver that morning. Chief Executive Scott Blackmun called it a "difficult day. We had some very spirited debate." Two other finalists — San Francisco and Washington — were ruled out first. Choosing between Los Angeles and Boston proved tougher. "It was...

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