COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee blamed Boston's aborted attempt to bid for the 2024 Olympics on a lack of public support that forced him to eat a big slice of humble pie.
Scott Blackmun gave his most candid public comments yet about the ups and downs of the bid process at the annual gathering of the U.S. Olympic Assembly.
In his speech Thursday, the CEO said he wants to focus on the second chance Los Angeles has given the USOC.
But Blackmun also said he owed an explanation to the hundreds of people at the assembly for the Boston debacle. He took blame for not recognizing all the city's shortcomings soon enough.
Later, LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman said Los Angeles' history as a two-time Olympic host sets it up for success.