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Berlin, Hamburg submit Olympic bid intentions

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MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 03: Supporters of the German football team celebrate Germany’s victory on the streets after the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter final match between Germany and Argentina on July 3, 2010 in Munich, Germany. Germany won 4:0. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

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The newest rival to a potential 2024 U.S. Olympic bid appears to be coming from Germany.

Berlin and Hamburg, two cities separated by about 175 miles, submitted proposals to Germany’s Olympic Committee on Monday. One could become a candidate city for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics, according to The Associated Press, though only 2024 was mentioned in Reuters’ report.

Germany’s Olympic Committee will decide if it will bid for the 2024 Olympics, and if so, which city, on Dec. 6, according to reports last week.

That date is interesting, as it comes two days before a two-day International Olympic Committee session in Monaco.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is waiting until after that session to decide if it will move forward with a 2024 Olympic bid. The finalist cities are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The U.S. has not hosted a Summer Games since Atlanta 1996.

Germany last hosted the Olympics in Munich in 1972. Berlin hosted the 1936 Summer Games. Hamburg has never hosted an Olympics.

Munich bid for the 2018 Winter Games but finished second in a three-city vote for those Olympics on July 6, 2011. Pyeongchang, South Korea, won by a large margin.

Leipzig applied for the 2012 Olympics but was not chosen as one of the five finalist candidate cities.

Bidding for the 2024 Olympics begins in 2015. The host city will be chosen in 2017.

Other potential 2024 Olympic bids could come from Paris, Rome and a South African city, among others.

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