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Paris Ups Its Game in 2024 Olympics Bid

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A BMX rider performs in the air in front of the Petit Palais in Paris, France, June 23, 2017, as Paris transforms into a giant Olympic park to celebrate International Olympic Days.

In preparation for a 2024 Olympic bid, Paris transformed the area around the river Seine into an Olympic park, hosting events on Friday and Saturday to make one final push for the rights to host the games.

The last time the French capital hosted the event would be 100 years earlier, in 1924.

Paris and Los Angeles are the only two cities competing to host the games. Los Angeles last hosted the event in 1984.

A photo taken from the bridge Alexandre III shows an athletics track installed on the river Seine with a tour boat passing by during a bid to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics Games, June 23, 2017.
A photo taken from the bridge Alexandre III shows an athletics track installed on the river Seine with a tour boat passing by during a bid to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics Games, June 23, 2017.

With the Eiffel Tower in view, Paris residents and Mayor Anne Hidalgo took to the water in canoes and kayaks to showcase what the 2024 games in Paris could look like.

“It’s a way of saying, look, how we want to celebrate with the whole world by hosting the games, we hope, and then Tony and I made a bet a while ago to kayak along the Seine so it will be a big first for me,” Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo kayaked in the river Seine near the Pont Alexandre III Bridge, alongside former Olympic gold medal canoeist Tony Estanguet, who is leading Paris’ bid to host the event.

“This is a great opportunity for us to give a taster of what the games will be like here in 2024,” Estanguet said.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (C, bottom) sails with the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet (C, up) on the Seine river in Paris, June 23, 2017, in a bid to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (C, bottom) sails with the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet (C, up) on the Seine river in Paris, June 23, 2017, in a bid to promote the candidacy of the city of Paris for the Summer Olympics Games.

Paris last attempted to draw a bid for the Olympic Games in 2005, when it lost to Beijing for the rights to the 2008 games, sparking tears in the French camp as results were announced.

The winning city will be announced on September 13, in Lima, Peru.

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