Romney advising group exploring Boston bid for Summer Olympics

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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is advising a group of business leaders exploring a bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston.

Romney, who headed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah, described the event as 20 Super Bowls all rolled into one, during an interview with The Boston Globe over the weekend. 

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“Boston would be a fantastic place for the Summer Games,” Romney told the newspaper. “It would be a marvelous community-building experience for Boston, and I think the people who would enjoy the games with or without tickets would say it was one of the best experiences of their life.”

Romney, and the group as a whole, is working in a volunteer capacity. The United States Olympic Committee visited Boston last month as it gauges interest in a number of cities. 

Ahead of the Olympic Games in London last year, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee was criticized while there for questioning whether the city was prepared to host the games.

In 2002, Romney left his private equity firm in Massachusetts to help turn around the Salt Lake City Games, which had taken on millions in debt.

Romney told the paper financial motivation should not be the primary reason to host the games.  

“Hosting the Olympics is about serving the world and providing service to athletes and people from almost every country,” he said. “If it’s seen as a chance for Boston to serve as America’s host to the world, that can be a fantastic experience.”

The International Olympic Committee will not decide on a host city for the 2024 games until 2017.