U.S. Olympic Committee leaders are playing the role of interested observers in the bidding process for the 2020 Games, hoping they can learn something from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo as they try to land the Olympics.

The USOC board met Tuesday and received an update from a committee formed to decide whether the United States should try for the 2024 Games.

CEO Scott Blackmun said the USOC is in discussions with about 10 potential bid cities, hoping to narrow the list to two or three by December. The USOC has until late 2014 to decide whether to bid for 2024.

Meantime, USOC chairman Larry Probst said U.S. Olympic leaders are paying attention to the presentations the 2020 bidders are giving this summer, as they prepare for the vote in September.


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