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Blackmun, however, insisted the focus is solely on 2024.

“We’re not currently engaged in a process of weighing summer vs. winter,” he said. “We’re engaged in a process of looking at what our options would be for a summer bid and assessing the viability of a summer bid.”

The process comes as the IOC is considers changes to the bidding system, including ways of reducing costs run up by the candidate cities.

Blackmun said New York and Chicago each spent nearly $100 million on their failed bids. Other cities spent more than $10 million just trying to be chosen as the U.S. candidate.

“We really don’t want cities to go through that anymore,” Blackmun said.

Also in play is the cost of hosting the games - a major issue in light of the $51 billion that Russia spent preparing for Sochi. Most of the money went to long-term infrastructure projects like roads, railways and hotels, not the games themselves.

“We’re going to take a close look at that,” Blackmun said, noting that Los Angeles and Salt Lake City have more of the infrastructure already in place because they’ve hosted the games before.

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