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The Olympics last came to the United States in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Getty

It’s been 14 years since the United States last hosted the Olympics, and the Games won’t be coming to the U.S. anytime soon. The next three Olympics have already been awarded to other countries, meaning it will be at least another eight years before the Games return to the USA.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan was awarded the 2020 Summer Olympics. With the 2022 Winter Olympics going to Beijing, China, the U.S. hopes to get the 2024 Summer Games.

Four cities are currently in the running to land the 2024 Olympics, including the USA’s second-largest city. Los Angeles is in contention, along with Paris, Rome and Budapest.

But the U.S. might be forced to wait a decade before the Games return to one of the 50 states. Paris is the odds-on favorite to host the 2024 Olympics, via The bid will officially be awarded in September 2017.

Shortly before the 2016 Rio Olympics began, Los Angeles officials appeared in Brazil in front of the International Olympic Committee, campaigning for the city to win next year’s bid. L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti and sports media entrepreneur Casey Wasserman made the trip, hoping to bring the Games back to the city that hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.

“We just think Los Angeles has a different vision of who we are, what California embodies; and secondly you also have to make the case why the Olympics are going to change your city,” Garcetti said, via The Orange County Register. “Often that’s done in urban planning terms. Los Angeles is well-advanced in planning for our city and our citizens well outside of the Olympics.

“The Olympics will benefit from that rather than vice versa. But it can change the soul of our city again, and our country at a time when we need America to be engaged with the world and not turning into itself. We think the Olympics is the perfect tool to do that.”

Boston had been looking to land the 2024 Games, but the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled the city’s bid last summer. It was an unceremonious end to a seven-month long campaign that received little support from the city’s residents.

If Los Angeles is unsuccessful in its 2024 bid, a U.S. city could land the 2026 Winter Olympics. The bid for those Games won’t be awarded until 2019, but Salt Lake City appears to be in the running. The city was ready to host the 2022 Games, but the USOC decided not to apply for a bid.

Salt Lake City was the last American city to host the Games. Atlanta was the last American city to host the Summer Olympics, doing so in 1996.

The U.S. is the only nation that’s hosted the Olympics eight times. L.A. (1932, 1984) and Lake Placid (1932, 1980) are the only American cities that have hosted the Games twice.