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Argentina mulls Summer, Winter Olympic bids


Argentina’s flagbearer Luciana Aymar carries the flag as she leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages)

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Brazil will become the first South American nation to host an Olympics in two years. Argentina may be motivated to follow its sports rival.

The Argentine Olympic Committee is considering a future Summer Olympic bid, it said in a statement Saturday. It also said the Patagonia region, with the Andes Mountains, could be a Winter Olympic bid option.

The Winter Olympics have never been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Argentina was last a candidate to host an Olympics for 2004, but it lost in the first round of voting in 1997, finishing fifth behind winner Athens.

The earliest Argentina could bid for an Olympics would be for 2024. The U.S. hopes to bid for the 2024 Olympics and will ultimately decide after an IOC session in December.

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