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Nashville among 35 cities asked about Olympic bid

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Olympic dreams are consuming people in Nashville after the city was among 35 across the country asked to submit a bid to host the Summer Games in 2024.

The United States Olympic Committee this week sought to gauge the cities' interest as it considers whether to pursue a bid for the games.

Among the USOC's requirements for a city to be eligible, it must have 45,000 available hotel rooms, operations space for more than 15,000 members of the international media and public transportation service to the venues.

Normally brimming with enthusiasm for the city he leads, Mayor Karl Dean seemed a little more grounded Wednesday about a potential bid.

"We are certainly flattered we were sent the letter asking us to consider bidding on the Olympics," Dean said. "It is something that is a tremendous commitment for any city to consider, and it's something we'll have to think about."

One thing that city leaders will consider is the cost of hosting an Olympiad. In recent years, both New York and Chicago spent upwards of $10 million on failed host city bids.

Memphis was also among the cities receiving a letter from the USOC this week.

The others include:

Phoenix, San Jose, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Washington D.C., Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Las Vegas, New York, Boston, Rochester, Charlotte, Columbus, Tulsa, Portland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Seattle.

The last American city to host the Summer Games was Atlanta in 1996.

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