Paris 2024 and LA 2028!

131st IOC Session Lima - 2024 & 2028 Olympics Hosts Announcement

The bids’ leaders celebrate with IOC President Thomas Bach.

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee met in Lima, Peru, and voted for Paris to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics and for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics. After the vote, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “this is a win-win-win situation for Paris, Los Angeles, and the entire Olympic Movement.” The IOC and the two bid cities agreed on this decision earlier this year, but it was still a historic moment for two Summer Olympic host cities to be chosen at the same time. Bach said the votes for both cities were unanimous.

For Paris, the 2024 Olympics will mark the 100-year anniversary of the last time it hosted the Olympics in 1924. With this Olympics, it will become the second city to host three Summer Games.


The 2028 Olympics will be the third time Los Angeles has hosted the Summer Olympics as well. It previously held them in 1932 and 1984.

The race for the 2024 Olympics started with so many cities, and it’s exciting that at the end, we learned who won the 2024 and 2028 Olympics! It will be fun to follow the cities’ progress throughout their organizing process, and I can’t wait to go to both!


Here are their websites for more information: Paris 2024 and LA 2028


Trading Tuesday: Austria 2017

unnamedThis pin is the perfect choice for this week’s Trading Tuesday because I just made it today! Currently, I’m volunteering at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. This pin is awesome because I ❤ Special Olympics, and it’s really cool to have my picture on a pin!

I have been having a wonderful time meeting athletes, fans, and volunteers from around the world. People are completely open with friendship, and they are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. So many people have helped me since I’ve come here and gone out of their way to do so. I think everyone recognizes that we are here for the athletes. This is their time, and by making sure the focus is on them, the athletes’ happiness, kindness, and openness is able inspire everyone else. I know I belong within the Special Olympics community because it is one huge, international family, and these Games have confirmed that. Even if people have different abilities, languages, races, or religions, Special Olympics proves that everyone can come together and find similarities.

Saturday night was the Opening Ceremony in Schladming, and I’m so happy I was able to go. It was so beautiful. The entire ceremony focused on the athletes as the stars. Even though it was pouring and bitterly cold the entire time, the stands were completely filled, and it didn’t stop people from cheering for each country as it paraded out into the stadium.

In Messe Graz, the place where Floor Hockey and Floor Ball are located and where I’m volunteering, there is a Coca Cola station where you can take a picture holding a Special Olympics pillow, and then have it made into a pin. Coca Cola is one of the sponsors of the Games, and they had such a cool idea with these pins.

My last day volunteering is on Thursday. So far, I’ve been working in the cafeteria where athletes, coaches, staff, and volunteers eat, but tomorrow and Thursday, I’m volunteering for the Motor Activity Training Program (MATP).


Go Team USA! Go Special Olympics!

Only 2 Left in the Race for the 2024 Olympics

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-1-54-30-pmOn February 22, the Budapest 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Committee withdrew its bid to host the 2024 Games due to increased opposition. The bid was withdrawn after all three potential host cities had already completed and submitted their three candidature files. Now, only LA and Paris are competing to hold the Games.

The opposition to the Budapest bid centered around Momentum Mozgalom’s “NOlimpia” campaign to push the government to hold a referendum about the Games. In total, 266,151 signatures were gathered, and as a result, the government decided to pull the bid. A survey conducted by Median claimed that 50 percent of Hungarians opposed the bid, and only 33 percent supported it.


In 2017, Hungary will host the FINA World Championships, the Judo World Championships, the Finn Gold Cup, and the European Youth Olympic Festival. Even though it withdrew its bid, it is still progressing toward becoming a global country known for sport, and Balázs Fürjes, Budapest 2024’s chairman, believes that Budapest will win the Olympics eventually: “Our 120-year-old dream of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games remains alive… We continue to believe in the model and we hope to have the chance one day to prove the case.”

Since 2015, many cities have dropped out of the race to win the 2o24 Games. Last October, Rome 2024’s bid was suspended after of a change in Rome’s leadership, and in November 2015, Hamburg withdrew its bid after a referendum showed that 51.6 percent of Hamburg’s residents opposed it. In July 2015, Boston ended its bid for the 2024 Games, and LA became the United States’ candidate city.

The International Olympic Committee will vote for the host of the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics on September 13!

For more information about Budapest’s withdrawal of its bid, go to:

Upcoming Posts

Hi Readers!

I haven’t posted on my blog in awhile, so I thought I would write a blog post about what I’ve been working on and what to expect for upcoming blog posts.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW):

For the past two weeks, I have been at the UN’s CSW. As a part of a class I took this semester, everyone in the class received passes to attend this conference. In addition to other sessions, I was able to go to three really interesting ones on sports. They were:

  • “Girls’ and Women’s Empowerment Embodied: Key Ingredients for Sustainable Development Goals” hosted by American College of Sports Medicine, International Working Group on Women and Sport, Safe4Athletes, Women’s Sport Foundation, and WomenSport International
  • “2030 Agenda – The Contribution of Sport to Achieve Gender Equality and End Violence Against Women and Girls” hosted by Brazil, UN Women, and the International Olympic Committee
  • “A Sustainable Sporting Culture Based on Gender Equality: Achieving Goal 5” hosted by Botswana, International Working Group on Women and Sport, Association of Sport for All, WomenSport International, and Women’s Sport Foundation

Expect blog posts about these panels and possible interviews with the panelists, organization founders, or athletes involved in them!

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Found an Olympic Torch at the UN!


I have been working really hard to interview some very important people in the Olympic Movement. I don’t want to share who they are because I’m still working on interviewing the people.

Guest Blogger:

My friend Lili (the awesome blogger at has been studying abroad in London this semester, and she was able to visit the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland! I asked her to write a post on it, and she said yes!

General Awesome Information about the Olympic Movement:

I am going to write blog posts about various interesting and exciting information I learn about the Olympic Movement, such as the Canadian Olympic Committee’s #OneTeam Campaign and the International Olympic Committee’s exciting decision to have a team of refugees at the Olympics in Rio!

Upcoming Events:

  • April 6 is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (Don’t know what it is? Come back to my blog on April 6 to learn about it!).
  • April 27 is 100 Days to Rio 2016! There will be an Road to Rio event held in Times Square, and I’ll be there! (My sister and I went to the Road to Sochi event in Times Square. Here’s the link to her article about the event:

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Those are some of the upcoming posts I have planned! I will definitely try to blog more regularly! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!