(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Detroit is among 35 cities from across the country to receive letters from the U.S. Olympic Committee to possibly host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The committee says it's currently considering a bid for the 2024 games and is seeking to gauge the interest of cities that may have the ability to host an event with the scope and scale of the Olympic Games.
"We would like to begin having discussions with interested cities about possible bid themes as well as the infrastructure, financial resources and other assets that are required to host the Games," the U.S. Olympic Committee said in its letter. "Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership."
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'The Detroit You Never Met' Pitches Detroit For 1968 Olympics
This delightfully retro video shows just how long it's been since Detroit took a real stab at bringing the Olympics to town. Click through the slideshow to see some lighthearted suggestions for venues to host different summer games.
Michigan has a long boxing legacy, from Claressa Shields of Flint winning the gold this month back to Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson, who trained at the Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center. With Kronk Gym <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120820/SPORTS07/208200347" target="_hplink">considering a move to the 'burbs</a>, maybe the Brewster Wheeler, located at the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/brewster-douglass-youre-my-brother-oren-goldenberg-paul-abowd-detroit-film_n_1451397.html" target="_hplink">Brewster Douglass projects</a>, could reopen. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/davehogg/5871300622/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">by Dave Hogg</a>.</em>
While the metro area actually has experience hosting high-profile golfing events like the Ryder Cup, there's no need to go out to Oakland County for this one. FOX 2 reporter Charlie LeDuff recently proved there's no need for an official course when you can just putt your way downtown from 8 Mile Road.
We haven't checked the height requirements (or water level, for that matter) but perhaps divers could jump off the Detroit Yacht Club roof? The Belle Isle clubhouse is outfitted with an Olympic-sized pool, though no high dive platform. Warning: Please do not actually try this.
Speaking of Belle Isle, how great would it be to see swarms of rowers paddling around the island? Spectators could line up along the shore.
Detroit already has the velodrome covered. Granted, the abandoned track recently <a href="http://thunderdrome.com/" target="_hplink">converted into the Thunderdrome</a> for local racers may not quite measure up to Olympics standards.
Equestrian teams could stable their horses in Palmer Park with the Detroit Mounted Police.