USOC sounding out 35 cities for 2024 Olympic bid

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The U.S. Olympic Committee is looking for cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The USOC says it is sending letters Tuesday to the mayors of 35 cities to gauge interest in a potential Olympic bid.

The USOC says the letter "does not guarantee" the committee will submit a bid but is an "initial step" in evaluating the possibility. The letter went to the country's 25 largest cities, plus 10 others.

The USOC says it has 2 12 years to decide and will only enter a bid that has the "right alignment of political, business and community leadership."

Chicago failed in a bid for the 2016 Olympics and New York fell short for the 2020 Games.