The International Olympic Committee today announced a “very strong field of candidates for the Olympic Games 2024,” according to an IOC statement.

As expected, Los Angeles' role as the United States' final bidding city was recognized. The IOC listed the would-be hosts in alphabetical order today:

Five cities – Budapest (HUN), Hamburg (GER), Los Angeles (USA), Paris (FRA) and Rome (ITA) — will compete to host the Olympic Games 2024 after submitting their applications to the IOC by last night’s midnight deadline.

Originally Los Angeles was beaten by Boston to carry America's torch for the 2024 Summer Games, but then Beantown dropped out of the running after local taxpayers decried the potential cost.

Local leaders put our hat back in the ring, and on Sept. 1 the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that the City of Angels would carry America's hopes of hosting in 2024.

The Games could cost more than $4 billion, but Mayor Eric Garcetti has said L.A. is so good at hosting (the 1984 Games were widely hailed as successful) that City Hall will turn a profit.

Sports mogul and LA 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman had this to say yesterday as Los Angeles officially filed its paperwork to vie for the final field of international cities:

The Olympic Games are in our city's DNA because we live the positive legacies of the 1932 and 1984 Games every day. Los Angeles has partnered with the Olympic movement at some crucial moments in our collective histories, and we are eager once again to be a Games changer for the greatest celebration of sports and humanity on the planet.

The winner will be announced at the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru, next year.

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