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In this Jan. 6, 2012 file photo, the Boston city skyline is illuminated at dusk as it reflects off the waters of Boston Harbor. The U.S. Olympic Committee picked Boston on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, as its bid city for the 2024 Summer Games. The city will be presented to the International Olympic Committee for a vote in 2017. Rome also is in the bidding, along with Hamburg or Berlin, Germany. France and Hungary also are considering bids.

BOSTON — Boston officials are celebrating the city's selection as the U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympics.

Now they begin work on convincing the IOC to send the Summer Games to the Hub.

Boston beat San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington on Thursday to be the USOC's choice for the American bid. A day later, bid officials spoke to reporters at Boston's shiny convention center along with Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Walsh announced the first nine community meetings to discuss plans with residents. He vowed to make the bid process the most transparent in Olympic history. Baker reminded residents that this is just the start of the process.

Bid chairman John Fish dipped into the local dialect, saying he is "wicked excited."

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