S.F. waits among U.S. Olympic hopefuls

San Francisco officials said Monday there’s nothing they can do but wait to hear the decision of the U.S. Olympic Committee on which American city will compete internationally to host the 2016 summer Games.

Mayor Gavin Newsom and members of The City’s Olympic coalition Friday presented San Francisco’s plan for hosting the Games to the USOC, as did the four other cities on the short list of contenders: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

No timeline for a decision has been given to the cities, said Jesse Blout, executive director of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Currently, Olympic experts are culling the best written proposal from those submitted Friday by the five cities. USOC officials also plan to poll International Olympic Committee members about the cities, USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth said Friday. The group could cut the field by one or more candidates within three weeks, he added.

However, Olympic officials have said the committee’s board of directors may decide not to go through the time-consuming and expensive process of convincing their international colleagues to send the Games back to America in 2016.

San Francisco has never hosted an Olympic Games. Three years ago, it made a bid, along with Los Angeles and Houston, for the 2012 games but lost out to New York.

The Big Apple invested more than $30 million in its international bid, only to have the IOC choose London.

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