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Like it or not, D.C.’s odds of hosting the 2024 Olympics just got better.

The District is one of four cities under consideration by the U.S. Olympic Committee for a nomination to host the 2024 games, the committee announced today. The other three are Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

“Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement. Two other cities, Dallas and San Diego, were eliminated from contention. 

Were D.C. to host the Olympics and Paralympic Games, the events would spread across the District, northern Virginia, and Maryland.

The USOC hopes to reach a decision in early 2015 on whether to make a bid for the Olympics, and if so, which city to support.

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