Los Angeles launched its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games today following a unanimous vote by the LA City Council in support of the city’s attempt to bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time in 28 years. The city’s Olympic bid was endorsed by the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Joining Garcetti in making the announcement were USOC Chairman Larry Probst, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman and numerous Olympians and Paralympians. Legendary sportscaster Al Michaels served as the master of ceremonies.

The announcement was staged at the Annenberg Community Beach House on the world-famous Santa Monica Beach. LA’s beaches are an integral part of the city’s history and culture and have played a key role in the development of new and existing sports in the city. The beach will have a major part in LA 2024’s Games plan as the city looks to engage a new generation of young people in sport and renew America’s commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

The environmentally sustainable bid puts the athletes’ experience at the heart of the Games. LA 2024’s plan is based on the core principles of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Agenda 2020 with 85 percent of proposed venues in place or planned and five primary venue clusters all within 30 minutes of the proposed Athletes’ Village. (Full Story at LA Mayor)