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Washington 2024 names Olympic silver medalist gymnast to board

Jair Lynch

14 Aug 1996: Jair Lynch of the United States looks on after winning the silver medal for the parallel bars event at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

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A group hoping to bring the 2024 Olympics to Washington, D.C., named 1996 Olympic silver medalist gymnast Jair Lynch to its board on Tuesday.

Lynch won silver on parallel bars at the 1996 Olympics, the last American to earn an Olympic medal in the event. He was also the only U.S. man to win a gymnastics medal at either the 1996 or 2000 Olympics.

He joins a board that includes former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco are the finalists for a potential U.S. 2024 Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee isn’t expected to decide if it will actually bid until after an International Olympic Committee session in December.

The U.S. hasn’t hosted a Summer Olympics since Atlanta 1996 (its last Winter Games were Salt Lake City 2002). Paris, Rome and a German or South African city, among others, have been discussed as potential bids, too.

The IOC will vote on the 2024 host city in 2017.

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