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Jul 27, 2015 5:55 PM

What no Boston 2024 Olympics means for NH


CONCORD - Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston.

The Boston bid soured within days of its beginning in January, beset by poor communication, low public support and an active opposition group.

The USOC board decided via teleconference after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would not be pressured into signing the host city contract that puts the city on the hook for any cost overruns.

In New Hampshire, many leaders said the 2024 games could bring an economic boost, and could help welcome a much debated commuter rail expansion project.

"Regardless of what happens with the Olympics we should bring the commuter rail to Nashua and Manchester but certainly if we had it would make it a little bit more attractive I'm sure to those considering Olympic bids," Gov. Maggie Hassan said.

Aaron Monier, an employee at Runner's Alley in Concord said he would have loved to see the games, but he had questions about whether Boston was the best choice.

"Infrastructurally I don't know if they have the capability for such a big event and also I feel like a lot of these host cities end up losing money in the long run."

The deadline to officially nominate a city is Sept. 15. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles would be its likely choice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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