Boston bid has New England states dreaming of Olympic gold

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Posted: Feb 01, 2015 11:27 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — If Boston successfully lands the 2024 Olympic Summer Games, some of its New England neighbors hope there's enough gold, silver and bronze to go around.

Officials in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut say a winning Boston bid could mean a huge economic boon to the states, each near enough to attract visitors, foreign competitors, and maybe even some specialized Olympic events.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she hopes Boston gets the Olympics because it will bring economic development to the entire region.

Tourism officials in Rhode Island hope Newport could host Olympic sailing or tennis. Connecticut officials are offering up facilities too.

For New Hampshire, a Boston Games could provide a boost to long-sought efforts to extend commuter rail into the southern part of the state.