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Pittsburgh, Philadelphia queried on 2024 Olympics

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know if Pittsburgh or Philadelphia might be interested in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The committee says that 35 letters were sent out Tuesday seeking to gauge interest. The nation's 25 largest cities got the letter, along with Pittsburgh and nine others.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says there would be "extraordinary" challenges to submit a formal bid, but that he will seek community input about the offer. The letter suggests that hosting the event would require a budget of more than $3 billion.

The USOC says the letter is just an initial step in evaluating a potential bid, not a guarantee they will bid for the 2024 Games.

The U.S. hasn't hosted the Summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996.

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