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USOC rebuilding relationships, not making 2020 bid

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After the loud, clear message that the international sporting community sent to the United States Olympic Committee in voting down Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics, the USOC has figured out that it needs to rebuild relationships before it throws its hat in the ring again, embarrassing itself and wasting $80 million.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said that the U.S. will not bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, according to The Washington Post. The deadline has already passed to bid on the 2018 Winter Games without a U.S. entrant.

USOC Chairman Larry Probst recognizes that his committee is on the unpopular side, so he has spent most of the Vancouver Games shaking hands and taking meetings with the heads of other national organizing committees.

Not many U.S. cities will want to try for the Olympics before the USOC repairs its relationship with the IOC, since that bad relationship carries most of the blame for Chicago's failed bid.

"The cold and hard reality is Chicago spent approximately $80 million on its bid," Blackmun said. "It's going to be difficult to get U.S. cities to continue to invest to that level unless they think they have a realistic chance of winning. The [International Olympic Committee] sent us a message, loud and clear, that they don't want the Games to be in the United States."

Probst said meetings with various IOC members had been cordial. But any city that wants the Olympics is going to need a better guarantee than "cordial."

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