David Carter

LA loves the Olympics, even though they're 11 years away

More than anything, the United States was looking for a city that liked the Olympics.

After a debacle in Boston, where public support for hosting the games hovered at around 40 percent, the U.S. Olympic Committee turned to Los Angeles, which almost instantly commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to the city.

That signal of overarching public support has been a cornerstone of the city's bid, even though there are legitimate questions about whether anyone in Los Angeles is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away.

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will award Los Angeles the 2028...