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Olympics in L.A.?

July 12, 2008 |  7:38 pm

July 12, 1958

1958_0712_sportsBy Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

Los Angeles officially threw its hat into the Olympic rings for the 1964 Summer Games.

Mayor Norris Poulson announced the bid after a meeting with the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

"We in Southern California, Los Angeles in particular, already have unparalleled facilities for the successful staging of the Games," Poulson said in Braven Dyer's story in The Times. The 1932 Olympics had been a success in Los Angeles.

Money was already an issue in picking future Olympic cities.

Dyer wrote that "many European countries claim, after having made the long trip to Australia for the 1956 Olympics, that they will seek to keep the big international program in Europe for years to come, travel expenses being so heavy for many nations which lack the financial standing of the United States."

Unlike many of the paper's stories leading up to the Dodgers' move, Dyer's piece kept the Olympic bid in perspective. He pointed out that Tokyo was expected to make a bid in 1964 since the city was awarded the 1940 Games, a competition that didn't take place.

Tokyo was named the host city in 1964, with Detroit finishing a distant second in the International Olympic Committee voting. Detroit was viewed as a better Olympic city than Los Angeles? California did get another Olympics in 1960, with the Winter Games coming to Squaw Valley.

L.A. had to wait until 1984. Detroit is still waiting.

keith.thursby@latimes.com

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