Paris awarded '24 Olympics, LA gets '28

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LIMA, Peru -- The tears welling in the Paris mayor's eyes told the story one way. The words the Los An­ge­les mayor spoke told it an­other.

This was one of those rare Olympic mo­ments when every­one walked away a win­ner.

Paris for 2024. Los An­ge­les for 2028. And the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for trans­form­ing its un­ruly, ten­sion-filled and some­times cor­rupt bid­ding process into a his­tory-mak­ing, two-city vic­tory that se­cures the fu­ture of the Games for the next 11 years.

"This is a pretty rad­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion today," LA mayor Eric Garcetti said. "Usu­ally, we have two or three cities cry­ing in a cor­ner, and one glo­ri­ous vic­tory. In this world, there are enough losers today, enough peo­ple who go af­ter dreams to have them crushed. Today, we model some­thing that can be dif­fer­ent."

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