Magic Johnson joins Los Angeles’ bid to host 2024 Olympics

Magic Johnson has joined Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics as a vice chairman, organizers announced Wednesday. Johnson, of course, participated in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, a member of the fabled ‘Dream Team’ that brought home the gold medal in basketball.

“As a former Olympian, I’m proud to join the LA 2024 team and give them ‘an assist’ in returning the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the United States.” Johnson said in a press release.

If Los Angeles were to win their bid, it would be the first time since the 1996 games the U.S. would host. That year the games took place in Atlanta.

Los Angeles has hosted the games twice before, in 1984 and 1932.

The field of candidate cities outside the United States includes Paris, Rome, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany. The International Olympic Committee will announce its selection in Sept. 2017.

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