Now that the three finalists to host the 2022 Winter Olympics have been announced, it isn’t too early to start considering where the three subsequent Olympic Games will be held – at least that’s what pundits and officials from Boston to Budapest are saying.
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy set off a round of debate when he called the idea of Boston hosting the 2024 Summer Games “preposterous,”a declaration that has since been rebuffed by many. The USOC will decide next year which city among Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. it will present to the IOC to be considered to host the 2024 Games.
Meanwhile, Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, is looking to get its name onto the short list of cities that would be considered as a host for the 2026 Winter Games. That honor would also make it the second American city to host the Winter Olympics; Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
Americans aren’t the only ones planning ahead. Officials in Budapest told the Budapest Business Journal they think the Hungarian capital would be a great host of the 2028 Summer Games, and hope that hosting the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival could serve as proof that the city could manage the 34th Olympiad.
The IOC announced Monday, July 7 that it will choose between Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. That decision is scheduled for July 31, 2015. The 2020 Summer Games will be held in Tokyo, the 2018 Winter Games will be hosted by Pyeongchang South Korea and the 2016 Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, which is having a dry run for that event as it hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup.