Bid team, SF mayor unhappy with 2024 Olympics decision 

The leaders of San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics gathered Thursday afternoon in Mayor Ed Lee's offices to give the awaiting press the bad news - no Olympics for the Bay Area.

"We are holding our heads high," said Lee, who made the comments alongside Giants team President Larry Baer, Steve Strandberg and Anne Warner Cribbs, who comprised the leadership team for the bid.

The U.S. Olympic Committee ultimately chose Boston as the U.S. bid for the games.

"All we can do is tip our hats to Boston," said Baer, who did not know the details of the East Coast city's bid or why in particular it won over San Francisco.

The call came Thursday afternoon to Baer from USOC Chairman Larry Probst, who said San Francisco's bid was strong but gave few other details of why the committee chose Boston over San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

"The decision," noted the USOC's website, "followed a spirited discussion and more than one round of voting. Ultimately, the Boston bid received the unanimous endorsement of the USOC's board of directors."

The U.S. bid deadline is Sept. 15 and the host city will be chosen by the International Olympic Committee in 2017.

Salt Lake City, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, was the last U.S. city to host any Olympic Games. Atlanta in 1996 was the last U.S. city to host a Summer Olympics.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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